Quote Originally Posted by Cutty Sharp View Post
Nice marble ferrule on that hand which, with the plainer ho wood, makes for one attractive knife. Nice one - replace (burl up) the handle!
Rats - I meant DON'T replace that handle!

Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
Thanks for all the help, is it unusual to have what seems to be a fairly high end knife, be made by this seemingly unknown maker?
I wonder about this too. Not many of us know Japan well and this puts us on the outside of things, and there might be other examples where we just haven't heard of a certain maker, etc. On the other hand, the non-Japanese knifehead community seems to know a surpising amount of stuff.