Years ago, I bought a few Japanese cooking knives here in LA at Anzen Hardware.....the two-layered steel kind...the good ones.
I'm a lefty, so they were special ordered. But even the right-handers were over $100 each, and seemed to be of excellent quality. I have talked to many sushi chefs, and they all say, they get their knives directly from sources in Japan.
There are many "Japanese knives" on eBay now.
However I can't determine the quality of them.....and with many of them priced below $60....I am very suspicious of their quality.
They "look" like the excellent ones, but are they just cheap knock-offs ??
Is this one area where price actually can be a hint, to quality ?