I wish my bad pics looked that good. beautiful.
Chewie's the man.
Just admired that one on facebook, very nice!
Shigefusa makes such beautiful knives. I regret selling my 250mm gyuto.
Hehe that is correct and freaking insane.
Not even this is worth so much. Thats at least what I think.
Ah, thanks for the tip on the currency conversion feature, markenki!
Yeah, bieniek, Shige pricing has really gone though the roof in the past few years. Supply and demand and a bit of hype all play into this. I would say that a few years ago Shiges where under priced: you where getting single-custom maker quality at high-end factory pricing. This meant that when one came available, it was a no-brained to buy it. Now however, prices have put shiges into a whole different ballpark in terms of their competition. For +/- a few bucks you could have a full custom from any number of world-class, top-quality American or Japanese makers like Michael Rader, Devin Thomas, Bill Burke.
I purchased a 270mm Kasumi wa-guyto a couple years ago, and this 210 western is almost 2X the price I paid. I understand that westen integral bolsters will always add a big price-jump but this is a bit too rich for my blood.