IMO nothing beats a Kato kurouchi nakiri.
Sorry for your loss, Devin.
+1 to that.
I was deeply saddened when I heard of the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I can speak of Masakage Shimo nakiri. It's very thin everywhere, and does not wedge at all, but has some sticktion issues.
Also it's White #2