Most of you know that I'm taking my first trip to Japan. Today is day 1 of my journey. I left this morning from Madison and I'm now in Chicago waiting to fly to Tokyo and then on to Osaka. I originally was going to fly out of Dallas but I was able to get a more efficient flight yesterday which shaved a few hours of waiting each way. I'll try and post daily updates here and I'll see if I can post some pictures too. I'm technically challenged so videos may have to wait until I'm back.
I have meetings scheduled with 8 companies and I've only met 3 of them in person before this trip so I'm really excited to put names with faces and check out their shops, factories and offices.
If you need to talk with me email is the only way until I'm back. Sue is running the shop along with Alissa and Josh and Lacey so orders should ship more easily now that I'm out of their hair.
I've already asked the mods to keep an eye on the knife and stone recommendation sections here while I'm away so customers get answers to their questions. Sue and Alissa will be posting email questions for product help so please jump in and offer your opinions.
I hope I come back with some new product ideas. I'm not meeting any new suppliers but a couple of my distributors will be showing me new stuff and I'm going to be on the hunt for more razors in particular. Maybe some new stones too. We'll see.
BTW I did a post a while ago about gifts. My leather knife bag maker Jon from JAW and I did some really nice hand made wallets with horse butt on the outside and calves skin on the inside. I also got requests for shirts for the guys at Takeda's shop and Tanaka's shop so I'm bringing a pile of shirts for those guys. I wish I had hats made. They would have been cool gifts but I'm not ready with them yet.