Salty touched on this in another thread, and got me wondering.
On the Mizuno, the blade length is measured form the handle, as opposed to the cutting edge. Is this typical with all Japanese knives? How do you guage the blade length? For example I get some customers that specify for example a 255 mm cutting edge, I try not to go below the number specified at all. If you buy a knife measured from the handle, do you ask what the ricasso length is? Do you hope for the best figuring that it will be close to what you want? In reality 5 mm isn't a pile, but depending on the ricasso length, it can easily be absorbed into the dimensions, leaving you shorter than you hoped.
I find it curious the edge length isn't the advertised feature. Thoughts?