I'm putting a knife up for sale from my personal collection. It is an Adam Marr 240mm Gyuto with a burled redwood handle and African blackwood ferrule. The blade is made out of AEB-L, hardened to 61hrc. I've used it fairly extensively and I've really enjoyed doing so.
I got the knife as a gift from Adam, because of a "defect" in how the blade and handle align. It is a cosmetic issue, and really doesn't affect performance, but was enough for Adam to remake the knife and let me have this one in the meantime (or, actually permanently, until I asked him about reselling it). His generosity and desire to make as close to perfect of a knife as he can really says a lot about him and really just sent positive vibes through to me. The issue with the handle and blade alignment likely occured during the setting of the epoxy (my theory), and can best be described by saying the edge faces a little to the left with the spine up (1.5mm or so off), and the machi is a bit uneven (top has a slightly larger space than the bottom). I can take pictures for any serious "interested parties". With all of this being said, the knife performs beautifully and deserves to be used daily, or in a professional environment. The steel takes a wicked edge and holds it very nicely, while being surprisingly tough in use.
Why I'm selling this knife and donating the money to "The DASH"
I was inspired by one man's generosity - That man being Tsil Censor (TC Blades). I am currently having a knife made for me, by him, and in our agreement for the price, he told me to make a meal for a hungry family with the knife, and give them food for a day. I don't know about you guys, but I've never had anyone suggest that as payment, or part of a payment, but I was inspired by his love for his fellow man. I told him I would, and it wouldn't be a one-time deal. I fully plan on doing this many times a year, while using the knife that he is so painstakingly creating with me in mind. I told him to "do his thing", and I trust him 100% with the task. So, why if I'm going to use the knife I've commissioned TC to make for me, to make food for the truly hungry, am I selling a knife to donate to charity? As I mentioned, I'm inspired...and why stop there?
How did I choose "The DASH"?
"The DASH" is a local foundation that makes a real difference through their efforts and is one that helped a beautiful, smart and funny friend of mine and my wife's when our friend was battling cancer. Unfortunately, our friend, Julie lost the battle, and passed about a year and a half ago, at the age of 26. However, "The DASH" helped send Julie and her Mom on a Mother-Daughter trip in the later stages of her battle. This trip gave our friend's mother lasting memories and gave Julie another opportunity to smile and enjoy life (not that Julie ever needed an excuse to laugh and make others join in).
"The DASH" raises money and gives it back, directly to a person, or group of people, in order to make an immediate impact. They help people who are battling cancer and their families by donating wheelchairs, sending people on trips with loved ones and making the impossible possible for people who truly deserve it. Their money doesn't go into a huge pot and get divided into 25 cent portions, thrown at 1000 different things. They take the money and use it TO HELP and GIVE HOPE! I haven't yet told the charity that I'm donating and doing a sale in their honor, but please, feel free to check out their website (it is very outdated, but the charity is still going strong!) at www.thedashfoundation.org
Onto the the item up for sale; here are some pictures:
Price: $375-425, depending on who is willing to give the most. I promise, every cent is going straight to "The DASH". If this is too expensive for you, but you now realize you want to give back, please consider "The DASH", or a charity in your area that you feel a connection to. Or, at the very least, take those $200-2000 knives and make a meal or ten for those who need it.