I do keep most of the knives for myself. I sell off many to friends and coworkers after a while of playing. Funny how a kitchen can be full of Shun and Wustof, and within a year of me being their, everyone has baller jknives.
Thanks man! Sometimes it's fun to stray from tradition. Im kinda developing my own hidden tang hybrid style right now. Rather fond of it. The fitment is easy to precisely execute, and the shaping is a bit more organic in nature.
It's not pretty. The steal is passable; reasonably easy to sharpen. It has zero taper, but gets relatively thin behind the edge. It's big; almost 9" x 3.75", yet light. For $30 shipped, it's got to be, pound for pound, the best value in knives out there. Kiwi knives have made a big splash at my job lately. I think for a few extra bucks, the Shibazi is light years better.