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The yen hit a 24 year low to the USD last month, rising only slightly since then. Anyone think it's going to get any worse for the yen (meaning better for those of us in the USA buying knives directly from Japan)?

Personally, it feels like the time to buy to me, though the weak yen seems like it will continue in the near term.

https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/...ms-more-hikes-ahead-yen-struggles-2022-06-21/
Just ordered my first Denka from TF. 210 at just over $400 seems too good a deal to pass up. Now lets see how long it takes to get here. Hoping by Christmas. :)
 
Much like the stock market in the US right now, it's a great time to be buying, a 💩 time to be selling!
 
also bought a 210 Denka mid July, didn't even realize the yen was weak at the time, just liked the price I saw when I converted to USD
 
any direct makers or retailers I should keep an eye on to take advantage?
 
I ordered a 195 Denka direct mid-March for 400 and some USD. It never arrived and I had since got a 240 Denka Wa stateside, so after a LOT of effort (the fax I sent finally got noticed!) I got a refund and lost $80 for my time and effort. They *may* refund the difference, which would somewhat restore my faith in TF.
 
Got some knives from Miura with incredible price...Most of the vendors are going to raise the price soon or later to make up for the difference tho, just got told Ryusen Blazen is going to have a price hike soon. Watanabe price is actually the similar to his old price in USD even after the 50% price increase.
 
Got some knives from Miura with incredible price...Most of the vendors are going to raise the price soon or later to make up for the difference tho, just got told Ryusen Blazen is going to have a price hike soon. Watanabe price is actually the similar to his old price in USD even after the 50% price increase.
yea I checked wat and it didn't exactly seem like a bargain...
 
Got some knives from Miura with incredible price...Most of the vendors are going to raise the price soon or later to make up for the difference tho, just got told Ryusen Blazen is going to have a price hike soon. Watanabe price is actually the similar to his old price in USD even after the 50% price increase.

If I remember right, my Wat Pro nakiri early this year had a base price of $28k JPY which was down around $230USD. Shinichi raised the price to $40k and it jumped to like $350+USD but with the rate disparagement it's down to $300USD right now.

You're right about the price increases coming. It's showing up all over and surely there's more to come. I was looking at an "out of stock" listing for a knife on one website and the listed price was ~$280USD. The in stock price on another reputable site was ~$400USD. These were US sites.

I'd say if you can afford to get some of the older stock knives that are still on the shelves Japanese or US, it's a good time to do it.
 
If I remember right, my Wat Pro nakiri early this year had a base price of $28k JPY which was down around $230USD. Shinichi raised the price to $40k and it jumped to like $350+USD but with the rate disparagement it's down to $300USD right now.

You're right about the price increases coming. It's showing up all over and surely there's more to come. I was looking at an "out of stock" listing for a knife on one website and the listed price was ~$280USD. The in stock price on another reputable site was ~$400USD. These were US sites.

I'd say if you can afford to get some of the older stock knives that are still on the shelves Japanese or US, it's a good time to do it.
Last time I checked with him the pro nakiri was around $320 after conversion, really depends on when tho. Still, a good time to get a pro Nakiri, the price is probably not going down anymore in the future.
 
The yen hit a 24 year low to the USD last month, rising only slightly since then. Anyone think it's going to get any worse for the yen (meaning better for those of us in the USA buying knives directly from Japan)?

Personally, it feels like the time to buy to me, though the weak yen seems like it will continue in the near term.

https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/...ms-more-hikes-ahead-yen-struggles-2022-06-21/
Just ordered my first Denka from TF. 210 at just over $400 seems too good a deal to pass up. Now lets see how long it takes to get here. Hoping by Christmas. :)
210 Denka is a perfect knife to me. I’ll kickstart start the prayers to the wabi sabi gods at the TF factory :).
 
210 Denka is a perfect knife to me. I’ll kickstart start the prayers to the wabi sabi gods at the TF factory :).
Yeah, hoping for a good grind, but have developed the skills to deal with whatever comes. Mainly hoping that they remember to leave the handle loose like I requested to I can have an easy time installing my sweet custom handle from jobone.
 
Yeah, hoping for a good grind, but have developed the skills to deal with whatever comes. Mainly hoping that they remember to leave the handle loose like I requested to I can have an easy time installing my sweet custom handle from jobone.
ooo I should ask them to do this
 
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