New (To Me) Knife Day!
The postman dropped off a poster tube yesterday, with Australian postmarks on it. Well-packed inside was a gorgeous, 300mm Masamoto KS yanagiba. Jesse was obviously very careful with this knife before it made its way to me; it is in like-new condition from end to end. There is a lustrous patina over the entire kiriba while the hagane gleams below. On the back, the ura is pristine. The blade is as flat as Nebraska, and the ebony Kono handle is about as strikingly cool as Darth Vader flying a B-2!
Excuse the crappy shots (done in less than optimal lighting):
Maybe a couple more pics when I can get it outside under sunlight...