I bought a Masamoto VG the other week, shipping was only 7$ and they marked it as a gift so I didn't have to pay duties or anything. I was very happy with that.
My Masamoto arrived sharpened asymmetrically(this is when one side of the blade is sharpened more than the other?). On the right hand side theres a wide bevel, and on the left there is practically none near the tip of the blade but more near the heel of the blade. I didn't ask for this sharpening setup, and frankly I'm a little intimidated because I want to sharpen this thing to it's full potential but I've never sharpened freehand before. I think this may be the Christmas Day edge that was referred to earlier because the knife is already dulling and actually has a few small chips on the edge near the heel of the blade.
I am a tradition bound luddite so I'm going to buy some stones and try to learn. I'm going to order some Naniwa Chosera stones from Paul's finest. The have a sale on for "Naniwa Chosera Japanese Whetstone Sharpening Stones, Set of 3: 600, 1000, 5000" for 249$ CDN. Is this a good deal? There's also a 10000 grit for the same price. I'm hovering here with my credit card about to make an impulse buy before heading to work. Been here many times before, it's not a good place to be lol. Please tell what stones to buy, pretend money is a non issue. My knife needs sharpening and I have no stones aahhhh .
Kohno, I'm sorry jumping into your thread, I just couldn't help myself.