Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Thank you for the info related to clone v. real on these knives. This helps with consideration for time invested not being a total waste ;-) RE: "Seriously, call the manufacturer." Remember, these are not my knives. I expect, on the owners timeline, the manufacturer will be contacted either directly or via one of the representative distributors by myself or the owner at the owners discretion. It is my hope to visit a knife-store Shun distributor that provides sharpening services with consideration they can both see the macro photos and do a first-hand inspection. Then contact Shun/KIA with their assistance (at least this has been my recommendation). I appreciate everyone's courtesies from the forum reviewing and answering questions here.