So I had posted some stuff about knives earlier, now I've been doing a lot of research as to what is actually available domestic/international (not much sadly, if only I'd taken my inheritance and invested in a fine cutlery retail operation... but no, retail is hell).
I've narrowed it down to a few choices, with JCK being my kind of backup (can anyone confirm that they ship "gifts"? I'm trying to avoid duty taxes like the plague as I've had really negative experience with our customs officials in the past)..
Assuming I were going to buy from within Canada, my choices are limited and expensive (more expensive actually than to convert to USD and pay shipping, the unknown variable for me is what customs is going to hit me with)... My options are...
Yaxell MON VG-10 250mm gyuto (this is on sale down from 150 and change) $131.95
Tojiro DP VG-10 240mm gyuto $149.00
Misono Molybdenum 240mm gyuto $152.95
Sakai Takayuki Grand Cheff (proprietary stainless) 240mm gyuto (these are the normal western ones, supposed to compete with the UX10) $167.95
Would you pay this kind of money for any of these knives? They all seem so overpriced to me that I almost am considering just ordering from JCK and pfuff the duty charges if they come, I want good steel at a price that won't make me cry and I think any of us would probably shed a tear or two if someone ruined a $150 blade.
From JCK I am looking at the Kanetsugu PRO-M series because they look pretty amazing. Haven't seen much on here other than a few old posts by BDL saying they are a solid buy.
Unless I am looking at all the wrong distributors in Canada? Paulsfinest and knifewear both seem to be making money hand over fist with markups... lol I'm in the wrong business I guess. Though I do realize, retail is hell.