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    Truly amazing. My expectations were high enough that I was afraid I'd be disappointed in the Shigs performance...no worries there.

    Despite being a bit heavier than my DT (222g. vs 210g.) and being more blade heavy than Hoss' knife, I found the Shig to be extraordinarily nimble. Don't know quite how to put it into words, but this knife required no effort to make it do what I wanted it to do. No real "learning curve" required in getting used to it. As jgraeff put it, it was like the knife was part of my hand. Very slightly more inclined to wedge than the thinner DT, but nothing onerous. Takes a wicked edge and holds it quite well. Easy to touch up on a strop.

    My first experience with a D shaped handle, and I rather liked it. The (presumably) ho wood handle had a somewhat rough texture, similar to perhaps 320 grit sandpaper, which kept it from being slippery when wet.

    During the first day or two of use, I noticed the somewhat unpleasant odor others have spoken of when using Shigafusas, but after cutting a fair amount of acetic, vinegary foods, it seemed to disappear. Presumably the patina had built to the point where it prevented whatever reaction had been taking place. I used the knife fairly heavily and found it a real pleasure to work with.

    In summary, WOW! I covet this knife.

    Thank you, Ben, for a marvelous experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Thanks David, love the profile picture. Just wondering, does anybody have a pic of a 240 Shigefusa and a Watanabe next to each other? I keep thinking that theirs are my favorite profiles, but don't think I have ever seen a direct comparison.

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    Here they are, Stefan, the Watanabe with one of your handles and a western kasumi 240 Shig with custom handle by Adam Marr.

    My first post in a long time since I was hit hard by the hurricane three weeks ago. Car was a total loss, no electricity or heat or water for two weeks, and still no gas to cook the stuff we like to cut with you-know-what. Just climbing out of it now!

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    I'm next. If you hear about Colorado running out of veggies you know why.
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    Had this for a week and was it nice. Had no problems cutting anything at all. I noticed that there is a slight concave grind which I loved. Very much matched my Mizuno in about every aspect except length and thickness. I honestly had a tough time saying which I liked better. Going back and forth I would notice what ever slight difference there was. The Shig. tho would react to onions. Also being taller then the Mizuno ended up being noticeable when switching back and forth.

    I had Korin's Mizuyama double sided stone and used it on the Shig to see about sharpening, even tho. it wasn't needed at all. The 1k side went nice and the 6k was not a problem at all, even enjoyable to use. I also had the 30k shapton that is being passed around, which I used on the Shig. Giving a nice and crisp edge that I used for a day and decided to not use again, to see how the next person in line (which happens to be Spike) would like it.

    After a couple of days of figuring who got the knife next, and sending out 2 other passarounds I finally shipped it out today to Spike. I would have sent this out yesterday but I missed getting to the post office by 10 min.

    All in all I loved the knife. I can see why there is a great following behind them. The f&f is what you would expect with a knife at this level. The edge retention is very long making it in my book worth the price. I really couldn't say what knife I was liking better between the Shig. and the Miz. Just because of the reactivity on the Shig. would be the one thing keeping it on a lower score to the Miz., but not much. One thing is for sure It will be missed.
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    Anyone else get this? Its been about a mo. since I had it. Bueler? Bueler?
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    I got it from Spike a little over a week ago. Gonna send it in Ben's direction, unless there's somebody else after me that I'm not aware of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitonboy View Post
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    Did I get skipped?

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    The list that I had showed it going to the Brainster next, so I don't know what happened to you!
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    Brainy, could you please contact GlassEye and see if he wants a go at it? Alternatively, if you send it to me I can get it to him if he is interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitonboy View Post
    Brainy, could you please contact GlassEye and see if he wants a go at it? Alternatively, if you send it to me I can get it to him if he is interested
    I would still like to try the Shige, whatever works best for everyone else is what you should do.

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