I recently received two knives, one a recent purchase, and the other found it's way home. The recent purchase was the Yoshikane 240 V2 Kitaeji gyuto.
Both are beautiful knives. The Yoshi was half the price of the Shigi. The Yoshi's Kitaeji pattern is stunning, even placed next to the Shigi.
So what accounts for double the money? Both knives are have outstanding fit and finish, everything is rounded. However, you can tell that the Shigi has really that extra level that may account for the price difference.
The Yoshi is kinda like the SKD-11 Yoshi, a pretty stout knife, ground well, but the mid section still is a little thick. The Shigi, on the other hand, looks stout, but the grind is phenomenal. the blade is thin, even though the spine looks thick. Also, you can tell that the Shigi is finished with natural stones, or better natural stones than the Yoshi. The kitaeji contrast is stunning on the shigi.