Need some advice from the brethren. I ordered a chef’s knife from a company called Autine in Latvia (Link, presumably set up by a respected smith John Neeman). Wanted to try a knife in Elmax with good knuckle clearance and the price seemed reasonable for a decent grind, handle etc. Risky, but I paid 1/2 up front, 5m wait time turned into 1yr 3m and they are offering me the knife in the pic below (if I pay the balance). Less knuckle clearance and a hollow grind but looks interesting. Any thoughts? Particularly the hollow grind on a chef’s knife. Based on their lack of communications, concerned if I don’t take it, I may be kissing my deposit goodbye.