Folks! Here is an update on a pass-around.
Two people have tried and reviewed the knife. I implemented the changes recommended, however, I ground this knife some months ago and I made an adjustment to my grind since - I decided to grind a little thicker on the spine so it almost completely eliminates flex. This came from pro kitchen feedback, a little extra weight (more than stiffness at the spine) would be beneficial for doing a lot of prep work. I started grinding with leaving some more metal on the spine and haven't seen much of a drop in performance, so this grind will be my standard grind and thinner knives will be available as an option.
So I decided to pull this knife out of the pass-around and replace it with another. Same goes for a handle - I too made some changes to the D to include recommendations, so it is a bit different handle now.
I think it would be appropriate for a pass-around knife to be as close to my current work as possible, but the catch is I need to make the new knife and that adds to the waiting time. However, you guys are patient bunch and for me it is a never ending learning experience, so I hope you will accommodate me on this change. The bottom line, I want to keep improving my knives and one way to do it is to implement marginal changes as they are recommended, and to send out an "updated" knife.