Reading around made me almost regret not hunting for an extra-thin one, but that's what reading on the internet does to a person...
I've used bamboo skewers and an 1/8" bit....
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
Back to the original question.
There is no one gyuto that can be considered the best. One forum members perfect gyuto, maybe an okay knife for another member. To find a gyuto that works well for a person is a trial and error process. For most of us that is a good thing. Not so good for those on a budget.
How do you find a knife that fits your cutting style, without having a lot of experience? Get in contact with a vendor such as Jon or Maxim. They have spent countless hours developing their product. Most of what they sell has been made to their specification, not ordered out of a catalog. They also have a lot of experience, matching knives to their customers wants and wishes.
I enjoy trying out new knifes, as most members do. The Buy Sell and Trade section is a good place to try out knives without too much risk. Popularity of knives, rise and fall. I've been able to pick up some knifes that were no longer in style, at a very good price.
Obiwan, i'm late to the party, welcome to the KKF. Glad to see you over here.
Thanks Jim. Tons of great info here. I feel myself getting myself into tempting trouble, lol.