BKDC what the heck is that thing? Does it cut noodles?!
It's a Fujiwara Teruyasu. The notch is to allow a finger to sit comfortably when using pinch-grip. I bought it because he is well known for his heat treatments. I'm happy with the knife geometry and blade, but man! What crappy F&F on the handle! You gotta see it to believe it. Not that it's going to affect function after I'm done with the epoxy.
The worst fit and finish I've ever seen on a handle. This baby will get a lot of epoxy and sandpapering to fill in the gaps. But I didn't get it for pretty looks. Fantastic geometry for a tsuchime finish on a knife that's thick enough to be a workhorse. It's ground asymmetric with a near vertical left sided edge and a subtle convex but slanted right-sided edge.
Isn't that close to a 500.00 knife......easy to replace, but for that many bones.....