Sorry for the unoriginal question...I've read quite a few nakiri threads in recent days and have been considering the Takeda 165mm with stainless cladding, even though the kuro-uchi looks a little less impressive than on the original model.
However, I've seen mention of Watanabe Pro that also have stainless cladding, and then I stumbled across the Asai Hayabusa, which is more polished and refined looking. All seem to have high-hardness core steel, but I'm not sure how they compare in geometry or if they're all pretty similar.
Has anyone tried and compared more than one of these? I know lots of Watanabe owners like their Watanabes, Shig owners like their Shigs, Takeda owners like their Takedas, Harner owners like their Harners, Carter owners like their Carters...but are there any good or bad decisions that can be made in this arena, or should I just roll dice?
If I were totally spontaneous, I'd get a Takeda based on some of the hype that I've encountered. I find the Asai more visually pleasing, but have only read a few short opinions about the brand, and I don't think any about the specific Hayabusa model on EE.
I haven't firmly decided to get a nakiri, but perhaps I'll wake up one morning with an order confirmation in my inbox, and I'd like to minimize the regret that might cause.