I'm with you on dark handles, but handles can always be changed. Epicurean Edge carries these), and there are a number of talented craftsman on this forum capable of creating anything you can imagine. If you find something you really like from Jon (Japanese Knife Imports) with the exception of the handle, he might be able to order it for you with an ebony handle straight from the maker (more time and more money, but I've done it a number of times). Check out some of the pictures in the "knife and gear galleries" (if you haven't already) and you'll see some amazing handle work. Good luck with your choice!
Originally Posted by bishop27
i think your absolutely right in saying that color is irrelevant in regards to functionality, which is what really matters in the end. it's much more just personal preference and how it looks on the wall of my kitchen. i admire these knives both as an expertly crafted utensil and as a a piece of art. Also, thanks so much for the quick review. This is one that remains high on my list.
Originally Posted by chinacats
Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out!
Originally Posted by Johnny.B.Good