Just wanted to step my foot in the door for this great forum. I happened to stumble upon a cutlery store couple of weeks ago. I didn't expect such a rabbit hole when the store lady told me to watch out for the deep dive. I am now deep in the hole and don't know whether there is a bottom. I guess there isn't, some will say, but will definitely enjoy the fall. I have always admired Japanese knives and went to Japan a couple of times in the past. At that time I even visited Shigeharu. Unfortunately he did not have any knife made by him to sell to me. Since visiting this website, now I know I should have tried much harder to get one of his while I was there. Next time the agenda will be different when we go to Japan. Anyway, happy New Year to all of you great people.