any feedback I can find for the Asai AS?
Seems like I have narrowed down what I want, and I think the santoku is what I am lloking for, the Asai in AS seems to have all of the little pluses for a good price range, wa handle, damascus, tsuchime (sp?)
EE seems to have a good price, and it jumps up considerably getting into slightly larger blades.
So is this a decent brand/knife?
These aren't particularly popular anymore, but they had a solid reputation back on the old Knifeforums. If you like the length, the style, and the look, you won't be making a mistake by getting one.