I'm curious to do some prep with it. If for nothing else than to know first hand what it is about these dimensions, grind etc... that make it so highly regarded. Having said that, I'll never pay a grand for it. And thank god there are other bladesmiths that have "workhorse" grinds that can probably satisfy my curiosity for this shape at a much more reasonable price, I think mainly Maz and Tsourkan. Maybe I can get in on a pass-around if the motivation/opportunity arises... But to obsess over upload times to drop a grand... no.You are in good company!
JNS has a history of selling some of these unicorns from Kato. They are made of tamahagane and use the same method as in the forging of katana swords( some carbon steel and some clay) . This one went quite at a reasonable price compared to the one sold by jns a couple of years ago for 6500$ :
It is indeed a beautiful and unique knife.ALOT!!!
LOL, hindsight is such a cruel thing sometimesYou wouldn’t believe me if I told you the price of a western dammy kato I turned down about 6-7 years ago because I thought the price was maybe $50 more than what I wanted to pay