Hi guys, I am new here, first time posting, I like kitchen knives, especially Japanese knives, because its performance, Style and precision. It price compare to German knife is also cheaper. Recently I had bought an Yaxell ran knife from Rakuten. I receive with disappointment, reason being it workmanship is far worse than Global and Shun, 1: it handle have few chips, about 2-3mm, 2: the blade edge wasn't nicely polished. Some portion wider than the other. 3: the edge polishing can see obviously one side wider than the other side 4: bad hand held balancing, the handle heavier than blade. 5: sharp, but not sharp enough. Pictures to share: 1: handle have obvious chips. 2: the edge wasnt nicely polished and one side of the edge wider than the other side: Left side edge very narrow: Right side edge obviously wider. 3: BAD hand held balancing! To me, balancing is very important, the blade should be equal weight or slightly heavier than handle so that it have the right momentum for the user during cutting / slicing, if the handle is heavier, which meaning, user need to use comparable more strength to get the same motion and momentum, end up the user get tired easily. I watched Youtube review for this Yaxell Ran 10 inch chef knife, it balanced nicely. Link is here: [video=youtube_share;lJbIIg1t4x4]http://youtu.be/lJbIIg1t4x4[/video] Mine Ran 8 inch chef knife at the same point not able to balanced. It shows clearly that Yaxell are using the same handle mass production for 8 inch and 10 inch chef knife. 10 inch can balance because it blade longer, heavier, but 8 inch blade lighter. The good knife maker will use different handle for different size of blade to ensure all are have the right balanced. Photo of Ran 10 inch chef knife from youtube balanced nicely Photo My Ran 8 inch chef knife at the same point not able to balanced, handle too heavy! For all the above factors: 1:not so sharp, 2:edge badly polished, 3: ALL IN ONE handle mass production, 4: sloppy QC standard, of defective chipping handle. All these characteristic Is similar to the other knife which I had bought before <Chroma Porsche chef knife> , at least chroma knife workmanship so much better, and Chroma is honest enough to claim that their knife is MADE IN CHINA. From every factors, I would sense strongly, this Yaxell Ran chef knife I buy is NOT MADE IN JAPAN product. Even it blade is stated made in japan, due to globalization, it could easily for one big organization like Yaxell to make their knives all in China, then just ship to japan print on MADE IN JAPAN logo and pack. Is my assumption, but based on the product I am receiving it is quite logical for me to interpret as it. Lastly I suspect could that possible this Yaxell Ran knife I am buying is a FAKE Yaxell? Because I compare mine cover sleeve and other cover sleeve, their DAMASCUS is in RED colour, but mine is in Black colour. Online shows in RED Mine sleeve in Black colour In summary, I am confuse. If I had bought an authentic Yaxell, then it workmanship are so unforgivably bad, and country of origin is very doubting. Could any chance Yaxell knife have fake product flooded into market already, or the different coloring is just different packaging design for different market regions? I wanted to buy Yaxell Gou 101 layers and Yaxell Super Gou chef knife, but by this Ran chef knife experience, I will not buy Yaxell product again. Please let me know what do you think, I hope you can advise me on your professional commends or share with me your experience. Thank you very much.