Id say call in to Will and go from there:
welcome by the way!
If I may echo a sentiment; that is learning to sharpen your knives will set you free . The "sharpeners" or kits are good in that they teach you the importance of the constant angle when sharpening. There is a lot to learn on this site.
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Catcheside a no-brainer if you have the budget. If you are looking at Japanese knives, be aware that many British e-tailers are total rip-off merchants. I can tell you from experience that JCK ship from Seki to Cardiff in 3/4 days, from experience. FWIW, I think that the Hiromoto AS (which was incredibly in-vogue at one point, as a relatively inexpensive Aogami Super knife) has mediocre geometry when it leaves the factory, so would avoid them personally. In this price bracket I would look (somewhat predictably) at the JCK Carbonext.
I still like the hiro AS, it's more fun to sharpen than the carbonext, the profile on the gyuto is a touch flatter which I like and the contrast at the cladding line looks badass.
As far as the geometry goes, i think that the 210 is just fine and the 240 is pretty good. The handles are a touch nicer than the CN, and the kanji looks better.
Yes as timthebeaver says, I'd look at buying from JCK pretty much, you'll save a fortune in shipping costs and Import Fees and all that. I have a Carbonext and I like it a lot
Thanx all opinions much appriciated. As alreday stated I am not looking to become a knifer as a hobby, just looking for some really quality experienced views / comments to help me make a rational decission, which so far I have.