Still haven't had a chance to sharpen the Ichi but I can report some impressions. First off, the fit & finish of this one is immaculate! Compared to the Akifusa is just feels expensive
. The fit between the tang and the scales is absolutely perfect, not a single edge you can feel. The blade is a tiny bit taller at the heel, too, and the handle is a bit more comfortably shaped. The latter isn't a big deal if you use a pinch grip but the smidge of extra height is very nice. It has a tad more "belly" than the Akifusa but not by much, and is still very "French" in the overall shape. And did I mention this knife is thin?
We're talkin' Kate Moss thin!
It makes most of my other gyutos look like axes!