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    A wa- handled knife will generally be more blade...

    A wa- handled knife will generally be more blade heavy, yes. Personal preference.
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    Yes. The core of this knife is...

    Yes.

    The core of this knife is "semi-stainless" - it will take a patina like carbon, though not as rapidly. It's a great steel in my book - tough, with very good edge retention (stays usefully...
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    If you can handle stainless cladding, this is a...

    If you can handle stainless cladding, this is a no-brainer.

    http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/gesshin-uraku-165mm-skd-santoku.html

    See:
    ...
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    The stainless clad Itinomonn is an excellent...

    The stainless clad Itinomonn is an excellent recommendation.

    Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Kato) cladding is not particularly reactive. If you want good food release, can live with a heavy knife, and have...
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    Yes. Regarding Mo/V vs VG-10, depends on heat...

    Yes.

    Regarding Mo/V vs VG-10, depends on heat treat. VG-10 knives are generally more expensive than Mo/V. The Fujiwara Mo/V is a little more forgiving/tougher, the Tojiro VG-10 has better edge...
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    If you like a taller knife and can stretch the...

    If you like a taller knife and can stretch the budget (you can always get a victorinox boning!) I'd consider this:

    http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/itinomonn-kasumi-180mm-wa-santoku/

    Check...
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    The "Dragon" is only on the Swedish carbon line,...

    The "Dragon" is only on the Swedish carbon line, and then only in sizes 240mm and upwards.

    I will buck the trend here and say that a 7" gyuto is a nice length for use at home. If you want light...
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    Both good choices. Take the Misono if fully...

    Both good choices. Take the Misono if fully stainless is important to you. The AS will be easier to sharpen.

    Boning knife - if you want the traditional european pattern the Tojiro gokujo (if you...
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    No, it's legit, not Chinese made. Shimatani...

    No, it's legit, not Chinese made. Shimatani knives are on the inexpensive side of high end.

    The vendor (Metalmaster) has been known for many years for offering very keen pricing on knives from...
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    b'stards. Can't abide thieves.

    b'stards. Can't abide thieves.
  11. That Takamura is stainless clad, R2 (aka SG-2)...

    That Takamura is stainless clad, R2 (aka SG-2) core, a powdered metallurgical stainless - noted for its edge holding (with the usual proviso regargding heat treatment)
  12. Mizuno Tanrenjo make a Swedish stainless layzor...

    Mizuno Tanrenjo make a Swedish stainless layzor - maybe worth shooting Koki at JCK an e-mail seeing if they'll make you a little 'un. When I enquired a few years ago he said that they could do a 255...
  13. Asai have 180mm wa gyutos in stainless clad...

    Asai have 180mm wa gyutos in stainless clad aogami super, stainless damascus clad stainless and also a pricier PM stainless - all at epicurean edge, who offer 10% discount for kkf members.
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    mind = blown

    mind = blown
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    Will Catcheside has gone from just starting out...

    Will Catcheside has gone from just starting out to peerless (imo) in such a short space of time. And he keeps raising the bar.


    Talent level = > 9000
  16. Forget the Tojiro ITK - they are, frankly, pish. ...

    Forget the Tojiro ITK - they are, frankly, pish. I had the nakiri, gave it away.

    Definitely go to JKI.
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    Still sub 30 (c.$50) for lots of different CCKs...

    Still sub 30 (c.$50) for lots of different CCKs in London Chinatown.

    Agree with Keith - some retailers turn hype and demand into greed.
  18. ^ This guy gets it.

    ^ This guy gets it.
  19. I started writing a reply but there is so much...

    I started writing a reply but there is so much nonsense in this post I gave up.
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    The western handled Yoshikane SKD is a monster....

    The western handled Yoshikane SKD is a monster. The wa- versions are much thinner - Epic edge lists the 210mm (runs long, true 210mm on edge, closer to 225 handle to tip, as it doesn't have a machi)...
  21. I think once you go north of $500 (for e.g. a 240...

    I think once you go north of $500 (for e.g. a 240 gyuto) you have some serious (Japanese) benchmarks to compare to - Shigefusa, Heiji, Yoshikane, Kato, Mizuno, Hide, Ino etc. If fancy...
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    Welcome Steve FWIW I remember you from KF. You...

    Welcome Steve

    FWIW I remember you from KF. You owned a particularly nice (rehandled) Yoshikane SKD gyuto if my memory serves me correctly?
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    I've been on the forums in their various guises...

    I've been on the forums in their various guises since 2007, so I've seen plenty of steel hype. Granted it has died down here (not so much elsewhere).

    Steel composition is interesting, but also is...
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    Lol When it comes to making a great knife,...

    Lol


    When it comes to making a great knife, the guy working the steel is infinitely more important than the type of steel.

    Say no to steel hype.
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    The car analogy is a very poor one, surely you...

    The car analogy is a very poor one, surely you can see that. A better analogy is that a golfer with a 28-handicap would still be s*** at golf whether armed with a 1000 set of clubs or the hire clubs...
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