Ok, $1K for a Henckels. It's damascus forged (as opposed to the damascus clad of a Shun or whatever, though not lost-to-the-ages wootz crucible steel or anything). Profiled like traditional German made Henckelses. No full-length bolster. I don't know the weight or thickness, but I feel reasonably comfortable guessing that it is in line with other German chefs knives. African blackwood handle. Oh, and they use lasers somehow (though AFAIK the Henckels people don't come to your home and cut your food with said lasers).
I'm trying not to bias people, but my views will probably quickly become obvious, so let's get it over with: I'm not impressed.
What I'm wondering is who the target demographic is for this knife. It would seem to me that for the same amount of money, you could get a custom knife with more collectors value/better performance/greater potential as a conversation piece.
So if this knife appeals to you, I want to know. I promise not to ridicule. I just want to know why. Any reasons whatsoever will be accepted.