Flight went well and I got into my hotel about 9pm. It was kind of surreal getting on the subway at night and being a foot taller than everyone around me. I feel like i'm Godzilla here!
Day 1 I went to Konosuke's office and met everyone. It was really really fun to meet Kosuke's father, brother in law and his other 2 employees. I got a nice video of Kosuke's father hand engraving a knife that you guys will really enjoy if I can figure out how to upload it. Kosuke took me to this tiny ramen restaurant that was awesome. Only about 12 seats in the place all at a counter. They had a really cool ticket machine to buy your meal before you sat down.
We talked knives of course. I have 3 new project with them in the works. I am working on a Remedy 2 with them and we discussed grinds, profiles, steel types and handles. Thinking about doing wester, simple rosewood handle similar to the original, blue 2 steel. Hoping to get mono steel instead of san mai for these but not sure yet. We also have a really cool blue 2 honyaki gyuto orderd that you guys are going to like. They have beautiful grinds on them. I ordered several 240s and a few 210s and these are coming without handles so I can have some of our handle guys do customs on them.