Well, I went back to Kochi market where I got my first utility knife. I wanted to try a nakiri for awhile to see how I liked that style before searching for a better one. I also got my first white #1 knife so I could get a feel for that steel as well.
Blade length is 170mm
Look is ugly, really ugly, but the kind of ugly that I can really appreciate. It is handmade, and does have markings that I will try to get a better picture of soon, but they are difficult to photograph. Will also do a balance shot when my fiance isn't looking at me strange as I pay too much attention to a knife. She has read the inscription to me, not really a brand but just says Tosa style which is obvious, then the Kochi region and the manufacturing process of making it. I will probe her more later to figure out what the name of that process is but its Valentines Day here so maybe I should pay more attention to her and less attention to the knife.
I haven't used it much yet, so will give a more detailed review in a few days but it is quite sharp. I also bought a 1000 grit stone so I can maintain it a bit while I am here, may get a higher grit stone later, probably should have at the time, but I already realized I had to carry everything around all day and my bags were already getting heavy.
At the end of the day I spent $12 on the stone, and $9 on the knife, so $21 for the two which left me rather pleased and also a little guilty, I know its not the prettiest knife, and I know its not the best steel or shape or anything, but its still a knife, made in Japan, made by hand and it only cost me $9.
Will expand on this further when its not Valentines Day!