One of my first Japanese knives was a 240mm Artisan Gyuto. I couldn't sharpen worth a damn (not a whole lot of improvement since then) and this knife lived on a poly board. This knife was such an improvement over the knives I had used prior that none of that mattered. My abused Artisan shined. I treated this knife horribly and I ended up breaking off 2 inches of it running it through the dishwasher at the end of a shift. I went on to buy other j-knives (Artisan was replaced by a Masamoto VG10 gyuto) and learn to respect my knives better, but I still think about this knife...
SO why has this knife fallen off the collective j-knife radar?
Stainless clad SKS-15 tool steel, nice geometry, fit and finish, and price($188).