Well, I got it a few days ago, plus a mid-level Teak cutting board until I can get a nicer custom one...I got it for a steal and it's 100% teak. My first thoughts were that the thing is massive and too big and its pattern looked significantly different than what the website shows. I gave it a go tho...I think I lucked out getting a taller + longer knife. I grow my own herbs and put them on everything...when mincing, I like to rock the blade back and forth. The higher profile, balde shape, and larger size makes this really easy to do so with, and this is major portion of the cutting I do. The Eastern handle seems to be very friendly toward this type of rocking. The knife came nice and sharp with a well-honed edge and I used it a few hours today when having some friends over for more serious work than when it's me cooking just for myself. It takes less effort to cut than my Wusthof and it held the razor hone through all usage...impressive. I ran it over a strop after usage and added some wood oil to the handle which made the wood color look much more vibrant. I'm no expert by any means and I do not have a lot compare it to, but it seems to be a really nice knife and I think I will adapt well to the 242mm blade. I also like how given it's been acid-etched that the design is completely unique, making it one-of-a-kind. I just wish they made a paring knife with this blade finish!
The paring knife is also really nice...my Global is going back to the store as the blade shape, blade steel, handle, and control of the Tojiro DP paring knife are all significantly better, and for almost half the cost. I'll be ordering from CKTG again as it has been a great experience. I'm currently debating on getting the Richmond 210mm M390.
The knife pictured on the website shows significantly greater coloration in the acid etching...I am guess that this is partly because it will develop over usage as the patina sets in? Also, I am guessing the edge is about 15 degrees per-side?
Thank you all so much for the help!