I'm in the market for a new gyuto, probably a 240. My go to now is a 240 Fujiwara FKM, and I love the weight (7.6oz) compared the the Germans I used to wield. I'd like to go lighter, but I'm open to options at the same weight also. I've even been toying with the idea if I would like a laser.
I'm looking for something with better edge retention though. I've been looking for something in tool steal, or similar hardness and edge holding ability. I'm stepping up a bit from the Fuji here. I don't want a pure carbon knife, as I do prefer stainless in a professional kitchen, but I am open to clad with carbon cores. I'm also open to Wa or Yo handles.
I ok with whetstones (getting better) so I do my own sharpening. Currently use an Imanishi 1K, 6K, various strops, and an Idahone fine ceramic rod. I don't mind having to do a little thinning, but I don't want something I have to make into a project.
Here's a few I've been eying:
Akifusa PM http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=85649
Wish it was a bit thinner and lighter
Same, a bit lighter would be nice
Yoshikane Hammer http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=85676
Love the look, have heard it's bulky though
Kumagoro Hammer http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=84321
Love the look also, not sure of the weight, EE has the 180mm, 210, and 240 all listed as 4.64oz
Aritsugo A-Style http://yhst-27988581933240.stores.ya...-wa-gy240.html
Seems like the knife I'm looking for... but i don't think I'm up for the initial edge setting! Wouldn't mind running across one of these used.
I know there's others out there, and I'm welcome to suggestions. So anything out there you guys think would fit my wants? Thin and light, great edge retention, stainless or semi stainless.