Samurai just released a "new"(it's actually been produced before), slim cut - the S0710, this time in 19oz denim. It's supposed to be close to as slim as the S0505, but my S0500s are slimmer than my 505s, whilst being a larger size, so they might be a better buy if you want a slim cut. Can't be that much of a difference though.
However, I'm sad to say that I won't be getting a pair of the S0710XX19oz since I already have three pairs of Samurais, two of them being blue. People would think I was wearing the same pair of jeans everyday since they look so similar!! Wait.. I already do..
The only way I see myself getting a pair is if Samurai would send me a pair for a review and "promotional" purposes(hint, hint Toshiko.)
The S0710 has the usual details like hidden rivets, two-tone stitching, silver selvedge and so on, but the unusual black backpocket stitching. A nice change, especially as I sometimes think my Samurais are a little too flashy.
You'll be able to pre-order them at samurai-j.com in mid-January.
Hopefully the 19oz denim isn't as annoying as the denim of the S0500XX and S5000VX/BK and shrinks to tag size. The latter two shrinks to 2-3 inches bigger than tag size with a couple of soaks and apparently need a wash or two to come down to tag size. I don't like it.
My competition jeans are hang-drying after their second soak by the way, they're about a month old now and I'll be posting pictures in a few days.
denimcontest.com isn't working right now, but you can see pics of the other contestants' jeans at http://www.clarksvegas.com/denim/, hopefully the domain will be pointed at this site instead soon.
Samurai also posted the winners in the S5000BK lottery and our thoughts about the wallets. Go here to see what I said, and what the other two said, if you can read Japanese.