First Look Masamoto AEB-L Wa-Gyuto 240mm
Look what showed up in the mail today! I haven't used it yet but I figured I would put up pictures for everyone to see first. I have put it alongside the Masamoto Honyaki Wa-Gyuto for comparison. They are pretty much the same, the differences are:
1. AEB-L is slightly taller than the honyaki (49mm vs ~49mm)
2. AEB-L is slightly thinner at the spine (3mm vs 4mm)
Keep in mind that these measurements were taken with a ruler not a caliper.
Other things that I have noticed is that the AEB-L has a little flex in the blade whereas the honyaki has none. Comes with an asymmetric edge that seems pretty decent OTB. The saya for the AEB-L (identical to the honyaki saya) does not hold the knife by friction since the opening is too wide, might have to get a pin and drill a hole. Fit and finish are what you would expect, the spine and choil are both rounded.
That's all I can think of for the moment.