Since I am one of the only or few members of KKF from Brooklyn (I think DitmasPork also hails from BK) I thought I might chime in. Joel is a cool guy and always friendly when he is in the shop along with the rest of the staff. They do a great repair and sharpening service for a good price and are always down to talk shop. I would love to own one, but once you get in that $500+ range for a gyuto ($650 for a Cut BK 240 Journeyman) I only purchase a few a year and there is always something else that catches my eye/wallet over one. I wouldn't spend $350 on a petty by any maker or $250. I do like some of the newer handles and shapes coming out of there though and it may be a bit more motivation to grab one up.