I'm a fan of fancy handles. It's just that I don't particularly like wood that's been died blue, green, red, or whatever. So, in this case, I'd vote for the Ho wood version.Sooooo ... confronted with the reality ... which one to you think YOU prefer?
Yes, the replacement handle is a bit heavier than the original, so it does shift the balance a bit. The new balance point is midway between the heel and the end of the ferrule now.Michi knows his stuff ... fwiw I like your handle better too. My biggest problem with the fancy handle is that it shifts the blade to a handle heavy ... which I don’t normally prefer.
Yes, this is the new version with the laser-engraved kanji. I bought it at the beginning of the year when a batch of the KS3124 became available.So am I correct in saying that your KS is “new stock”?