Got my knifes, and had them and used them. The Takeda,:-) sweet really like it. Melampus, I understand your question. Read up on the different opinions , not sure at my skill level I'll be able to say one way or another. But I do like the knife.
Also bought a Moritaka 165 petty. Love the knife, but did feel I had to sharpen the blade a little. Did so and was happy. Only touched it up for a few minutes on a 6k stone. Also am redoing handle. Just sanding both parts even and, because I wanted a blue handled knife, I've done so, am in between sanding and tung oil coats right now. But when the light reflects on the blade now, it is a beautiful blue.
Had a major ephiny (sp, can't find spell check and I spell horribly but you know what I'm saying)
I have been involved in historical re enacting for over 30 years . In that time I have handled 100's of hand forged knifes, tomahawks, swords, and other 18th and 19th century weapons.
I own a bunch of each and use and maintain them on a regular basis. I am known to keep my blades extremely sharp.
That said I was very......anxious about these knifes, would I be able to maintain them properly.
I had been able to sharpen my shuns, but not really to my satisfaction. I'm used to Arkansas hard oil stones. I bought the green brick of joy
and was having a difficult time adjusting.
I also had picked up the shun combo 1000/6000 stone.
When I opened my blades up every thing clicked, my shuns now will cut arm hairs when waved in there general direction, and I sharpened a new knife better with every anticipation of it coming out better.
Wow I've rambled, sorry. Probably should gave started new thread or two.
Suffice to am very pleased, and look forward to using my knifes. I will look to challenge and improve my skills, and hopefully be able to give a good and accurate appraisal.