Ive got a number of laser thin gyutos already which I enjoy, howeverbim pooking to try out something a little sturdier and robust to try out. Im looking for something that starts thick at the top of the heel (around 4-5mm) and quickly tapers down to 2mm 15cm from the tip and further still. I like my edges pretty thin, but im thinking/hoping the thicker spine will contribute to greater convexing and less stickage, plus the added weight would also assist in cutting.
Im hoping to spend cheap here so I can determine whether I prefer the feel of my light laser thin gyutos or something with some heft behind it. Id prefer to stick with around $200 budget or even less, although if I can be persuaded to go more expensive and I will definitely enjoy the knife then I guess I can splurge a little.
We use crappy plastic boards at work, and although I enjoy sharpening, the guys at work hate when I sharpen on the job (they seem to think sharp knives are a waste of time..) so thinking a stainless knife would probably give me longer edge retention on our boards than say my white #2 masamoto (which I love btw) but I love my carbon knives so much... What are some makers that might fit my criteria? If I decide on a carbon knife, would aogami super be best for a knife with lots of board contact on our boards? I don't know what to get! Help!