Talking of Birthday presents, mine finally arrived from Japan.
Sigma Power Select II 13,000 Ceramic Waterstone +
Special order Tsunesaburo Spokeshave Blade,
42mm Blue Steel + Wrought Iron.
I used my Japanese Global knife to open them...
I like the double signature - but I have seen cleaner Ashi before.
The poor photo has caught a reflection off the lacquer layer -
which I have since cleaned off.
Thinner than a kanna blade would be, but nicely tapered.
And sharp from the packet (again there is a lacquer mark which is now off)