I followed the advice of the wonderful people on this forum and got a Tanaka 210mm blue #2 damascus gyuto.
The knife is a fantastic cutter, and the F&F are more than adequate for the price.
While I have yet to sharpen it (the OOTB edge was really good), I can see myself putting the knife on the stones in the near future.
I have a few questions regarding thinning behind the edge:
The knife is nearly flat-ground on the right face and has a convex grind on the left face with a convex secondary bevel that tapers towards the edge.
Should I only thin the knife on the face that's more convex ground (the left)? Or should I thin equally on both sides (the right face has a barely perceptible secondary bevel)?
Will the knife's cutting performance decrease as the secondary bevel(s) become more flat ground from sharpening on the stones? Even though the Tanaka isn't very thin, it still cuts wonderfully, and I would love to keep it that way.
Once again, thank you very much to all the wonderful members of this forum. I really appreciate the knowledge that's passed around!