After some research on this forum, some email with the maker of the knife and 3 days of anxiety I finally paid Shinichi for his 180mm Kuro Nakiri with upgrade handle and horn hilt. Although it is going to take 4 - 6 weeks I am so excited and cannot wait for it to arrive !My first Japanese knife will be the Watanabe 180mm Kuro Nakiri. I am a 100% newbie when it comes to good quality kitchen knives. Thanks to this forum. I believe i am off to a good start. Now I am on the hunt for a good 240mm and a shorter 155mm Gyuto. I also see a Yanagiba for making home sushi. I cant wait to further my journey down this road of kitchen cutlery and healthier home cooking living.