First of all, thanks for all the replies..you're helping me a lot.
Another preference i forgot to tell you is the handle..i really prefer a western handle..so, at the end..what i'm looking for is:
-no matter the weight..i'm not a professional user
-of course, high quality.
-no more than 200 dollars
IF a knife with theese characteristics DO NOT exists, i will buy the Hiromoto AS, or one of the hand forged with japanese handle you mentioned..:biggrin:
You're not going to get a handmade western for that type of money. Most of the small workshops make wa- knives, and there is usually a premium for a western handle (which makes sense really, as it is clearly more work).
If the aspect of being hand-made is essential to you, have a look at the Canadians by K-Sabatier, but don't expect the kind of performance you get with a modern Japanese blade.
+1 :groucho: I've noticed that handles can be responsible for half or more of a knife's cost.
Originally Posted by Timthebeaver
Also, maybe it's just me, but the notion of a traditionally made Japanese knife without a wa handle just seems wrong. De gustibus non est disputandum!