Bugger, just reached a decision for my choice of a petty and now was wondering about my last piece of equipment that's still missing, a slicer.
I obviously started browsing the forums and an idea formed into my mind that I wanted a wa handled, japanese sujikiri with a carbon or semi-carbon(semi-stainless?) blade, laser-built.
That's when I started looking for brands and user recommendations were really helpful but... something of a trend started to emerge:
1 - a brand/manufacturer is never heard of except for a few aficionados
2 - that brand/manufacturer would be recommended
3 - a hype around it gets generated
4 - increase in people buying it
5 - manifacture flaws start to reveal themselves
6 - customers/fans get annoyed
Examples I stumbled upon: Takeda (epoxy and blade alignment issues), Moritaka (over grinding issue), Konosuke (blade not firmly fixed into handle) and I'm sure you all know a few more.
Now, I'm aware that's a normal pattern in anything human (empires rise and fall, we all know that) but without going too much into philosophy I'm wandering if it's a case of either:
1 - statistical mathematics i.e. the quality on average remains the same, just more knives around
2 - manufacturer can't cope well with increased demand and F&F degrades over time
3 - something else?
I'd be interested to know your thoughts (and if you would still recommend a Konosuke HD :P)