I have only used the FKH for a week, but so far this knife is actually the first knife I usually grab. I like the extra length on on the 270 compare to hiro (240)
At first I really have some problem with FKH since it really has a strong smell and when I was cutting salmon, it left black color on my hand (even after I forced patina once)
Now is way more stable, I just missed the patina... It only has a really LIGHT patina.
An update: just got a 270mm gyuto. F&F have improved a lot, it arrived even with a decent edge. Haven't noticed any sulphur smell this time. Still very reactive, but it calms down once the first patina has been set. A very pleasant, very affordable knife.
I will repeat myself, with my limited knowledge, and tell you to forget FK and go masahiro virgin carbon. Better steel, only one side sharpening, exactly for you. Less hard than my Hiromotos last batches, but becomes wicked sharp, very fine grained.
I like this angle on top of the tip on the sujihiki of the photo
Once a Japanese knife, always a Japanese knife -> Once a Carbon, always a Carbon -> Once a Honyaki, always a Honyaki <3
Sure, but a different price point.
Having recently received Benusers old 270 sujihiki I can definitly say these are a great bang for the buck. In its price range really the only contender is the Tojiro DP - but that comes with its own list of pros and cons. But if you:
-want to see if carbon is for you
-want to acquire / try a specific knife that doesn't see a lot of use, for example a sujihiki for home use
-want to try different knife shapes / lengths
-while on a budget
It's just awesome. Are there better knives? Sure. But at its price it's still great. Sure, you can get a Misono or Carbonext sujihiki 'relatively' cheap as well... but they're still twice as expensive. Good luck getting a half-decent 270mm gyuto anywhere else for just 90 dollars. And at least to me they don't feel cheap in any way.
Thanks again for your kind words, but the FKH have got even better in f&f since, and the old sulphur smell problem seems to have been resolved.