Funny it would come down to discussing Teak. Yet another clue towards what I'm waiting for from Adam.Teak is really Nice actually, and pretty much very durable. I’ll Take it over Any regular Ho or Chestnut or Walnut. It’s simple yet elegant.
Gosh that's a nightmare. I guess it must be for those Vegan **** head. The only Ho wood that I'm okay with is the one with Buffalo Horn.Funny it would come down to discussing Teak. Yet another clue towards what I'm waiting for from Adam.
Dispersing any confusion, I'd sure not buy any Hatsukokoro I've ever seen so far.
Never had teak before but don't find it difficult to believe you looking at various Ho and Walnut experiences.
Case in hand the now famed, inhumanly bad Ho with Walnut ferrule made disgustingly abundant from Mazaki's use of them... I imagine folks like convulsively screaming and vomiting all day long where they make these.
As someone who owns one of those sayas and handles I can say the pictures don't do it justice. Both the handle and saya look significantly better and more luxurious than your standard Japanese yo-wood fare. The saya especially is notably more luxurious with the smooth bevels on the corners.that handle and saya are pretty ugly, imo looks like something out of home depot.
can you hook us up with some pics?As someone who owns one of those sayas and handles I can say the pictures don't do it justice. Both the handle and saya look significantly better and more luxurious than your standard Japanese yo-wood fare. The saya especially is notably more luxurious with the smooth bevels on the corners.
Last year I won a bunka from Gage at Sharp Knife Shop but I was accidentally sent a sharpening stone. It was free and I was still appreciative but in my job I'm used to strict inventory control so I just sent him a head's up email. I had no intention of getting the bunka but by the end of the day I had an email apologizing for the mix up and a shipping notice for the bunka. I offered to return the stone on my dime but he declined. Great people!Update because it's interesting... well, somewhat so... about Canadian shops.
Received SKS package on Wednesday (yesterday) as expected; however, the Sakon Ginga I ordered wasn't in the box with the Atoma and Arashiyama 6K I also ordered. Imagine the deception.... I wrote back to Gage laughingly, not expecting any problem: indeed, TWO minutes after sending my reporting of the knife missing along with a picture of the whole package (Wednesday afternoon), Gage sent me back a tracking number for the knife to follow along - now in transit and I guess will arrive on Monday - who knows, MAYBE tomorrow. Apparently they hired new hands for the packing and shipping and well I sort of fell in between. Not angry at all: we also sometimes drop the ball where I work. Humans aren't perfect. SKS is an amazing shop though! Just no question asked, popped a shipping notice for the missing item. I guess questions are mandatory if you've not bought like 4K of stuff with a shop and basically never complained - I don't know but in all cases SKS is THE shop where I can't foresee any trouble for even a new customer stuck in this situation. They will stand up to all their customers.
Meanwhile, today I got my order from Adam @ Cook's Edge. There was only one knife in that order, so aside from getting an empty box, there was not much risk of deception. Mind you it would have been (sort of) funny in its own way. Adam left a personal thank you note as usual, very professional. If you buy only stones you're liable to get a note from one of the sharpeners there instead. Superb shop too, can only say but the best things about service, they stand up to their customers and are always keen to answer questions... and they keep on getting more makers/series coming in (it's now quite a selection they try and maintain there), always with fair prices, and none too rarely some discounts too.
Chu Hamono... After three days without a sign besides my order confirmation on last Sunday, I sent them a note yesterday (Wednesday) evening saying that I was letting pass "today" (Thursday) and if on Friday morning I still had no sign of them, would dispute the payment through Paypal. What do you know, today I got a shipping notice. Now picked up by Canada Post, and expected delivery is next Wednesday. Usually, Canada Post are faster than their expected date where I live, so I'm expecting it on Tuesday - but luck could have it so that I'll get it on Monday too.
Won't ***** - from the webfront it's just obvious that Chu Hamono is a dying shop. Their CAD prices are somewhere in between fair and very good towards what they have left in stock, but do check up on them after 48 hours of silence. Don't think it's them being dishonest, rather they keep a loose track of things, I'd think because they rarely see any online order, let alone customers in their shop - wouldn't be surprised that the latter doesn't exist anymore.
I'd recommend SKS and Cook's Edge any day of the week, but Chu Hamono seems to be a bit risky among Canadian shops.
Of note that, as usual, Ai & Om didn't have any sale or BF event at all on the webfront - nor at any other time of a year it seems. I hope their storefront does real good - I've nothing but stellar stuff to say about the online service and extra courtesy I always got there, and Douglas is keen on answering questions with pics rather than words - often proving QUITE efficient for web shopping. It's just that from a Webfront end, they don't make sense beyond that and while more alive than Chu by FAR, stuff there indeed doesn't all move all that fast - but mind you they have so much stuff that some has got to move indeed. I'm thinking it's because they prioritize walking customers and make events only for the storefront perhaps. Which I can only approve in the end, and after all they got quite a bunch of money from me, so it speaks at least about them minding carrying some nice, "rarer" knives and (couple of) stones (in Canadian shops) with fair prices, and they stand up straight, answer fast and ship just as so.