Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Before I start, let me introduce myself. My name is Ben Herman and I have been running a professional sharpening service for the past five or so years. I am currently in the process of communicating with a manufacturer to produce a knife with my specs and a shape of my choosing. I thought I'd post this to see what people think about the idea. I am currently in the stage of communication and choosing the steel that would be best suited to this knife. I am currently leaning towards a carbon steel, but that seems quite challenging to get through Chinese suppliers, so I may end up with vg-10 or something of the sort. Anyway, please tell me your thoughts! Without further ado, here is a generic picture of the design I'm basing this blade on. The picture is slightly warped, so it's hard to see the shape perfectly, but this is an 8" knife. Edit on november 26: I have recieved pictures of the sample and will post them here. I decided on HAP40 Spoiler: Design picture Edit on February 19th: I have just purchased the second sample, new handle design for balance and to set myself apart in the market. Also made some fit&finish changes to make it feel better. Edit on March 4th: I have received the sample and it is quite good. Again, some small comfort issues, but I'm told that mass production will fix them. I'll be working hard on it. Spoiler: New Images I'd love to hear what everyone thinks about this! Suggestions are more than welcome!