I actually went ahead and ordered the Misono Swedish from JCK – Koki was great, so thanks for recommending emailing him, ChemicalKinetics.
Or at least I think I ordered it – I had to do it by email since I want a left-handed knife and I haven’t received a confirmation yet. But that’s hardly unexpected because of the holiday.
I’ll let everyone know my first impressions when it arrives.
A couple of other things – I cut exclusively on wooden cutting boards; I got two great ones for Christmas in different sizes. I’ve got a massive, 2.5 lb cleaver for bones and whatnot. That Imarku is actually selling at the highest price it’s been lately. Amazon (and others of course) are notorious for sticking an unrealistic MSRP on their stuff and then discounting, but you can track the historical price of most Amazon items on a site called Camelcamelcamel.com. Here’s the history for that piece: http://camelcamelcamel.com/Professional-Stainless-Ergonomic-chopping-vegetables/product/B01DDBJF12
Thanks for the help, all!