I'll be posting here hopefully by the end of Saturday or Sunday with some information on a custom knife block.
The problem with most knife blocks is that they cater to a "standard" knife set. The type of knife set you get as a wedding gift...the type of knives that most (won't speak for all here, but seems to be a consensus) here have moved on from. These blocks hold 1 or 2 Chef sized (240 gyuto) type blades, a honing rod, and some additional slots for other knives. For my own purposes, and I feel I'm not alone on this board, the blade of choice seems to be a 240 gyuto. A standard block that you would walk in a buy at a store, simply does not fulfill those needs.
As you know, I started this thread because I wanted a nice, high quality block to hold my collection. I am not in the industry, but rather am a home cook with a love for sharp things, and very nice things.
I knew going in, that for the size of the block I wanted, and for the quality that I expect, this would a very pricey proposition, so I've saved up and have been planning for probably over a year.
I've ended up partnering with a master craftsman who was intrigued by this project, and is well aware of the CKtG community. A craftsman who puts pride in his work, and for whom "good enough" isn't. So the quality will be tops. For those out there, that have some countertop space available (you can dump your old block!), and fit into the category of owning more than 2 gyutos (LOL), watch this space for an update.
This craftsman will be setting up to do a run of these blocks at certain price. At the risk of sounding like I'm selling something (I am not, and am getting mine regardless if there is any other interest). Not putting words into anyone's mouth, but this will probably be a one time run. Meaning, this will probably be the only run occurring at this price point. If there are even any runs after this, they most likely would be at a higher price point.
If you've ever dreamed of owning a nice block that would better showcase your knives, watch this thread. I know I probably sound like I'm trying to sell something, but I receive no discount for this or anything like that. I will paying and getting one.
Woodworking is all in the setup. Once this craftsman gets everything set up, he will do a run. Once that run is complete, any new requests will require a new setup. In my own mind, not putting words in anyone's mouth, he may never do these again, as it's been a long road.
Todd in Chicago
P.S. Just giving everyone a heads up for those who may want to get in on this opportunity as the design should be finalized soon, and I will post the details and price (astoundingly low, from my perspective as soon as possible.