SteveG wrote:Is that the reason that Moritaka is starting to change over to Yew wood handles? I actually think the Yew handle on your Artifex 240 Wa Gyuto is really nice.
Yes they were confronted with either getting a new handle source or a big price hike and they decided to go with another handle type. I suggested yew octagonals since I really like the way they look on the Richmond wa-gyuto and they liked them too. They look great against the kurouchi finish on the blades.