Looking for Mighty 180-210 Gyuto, Kurouchi finish, Blue Steel (new or used)
There are a few out there that mostly match my desires (like the following), but I want to poll some pros before I pull the trigger.
I've been happy with my 240mm Konosuke HD for most tasks, but got jealous at the heft of a Watanabe 210mm gyuto a friend bought when we pooled together an order a few months ago. Its heft and roundness felt very nice and sturdy after all my lasering about with a thin knife (which I still love using). I am a home cook, FYI.
I have the 240HD, I have a 180 Shig nakiri thinned by Cdawg, and 120 Watanabe mukimono. And a yanagi on the the way from Jon....
So I'm wanting something to fill whatever gap I'm perceiving. Mightier than what I've got for some confidence around hard root veggies and little creatures, but I don't think I want a deba since I don't do a lot of butchery (right? or do I maybe want one?). Something with a fat, round backside and some belly (If ya know what I'm sayin') and shorter than 240 to bring in the center of mass. Hopefully with a useful tip.
Also, I have never tried anything blue, so I'd like to shoot for blue steel. Gotta be Wa handle.
Hoping to polish the inherently wide bevels to be very sexy and mirrorlike against the rustic KU finish. Practiced on a beater usuba and I think I'm ready.
Okay, so that's a fair amount of criteria. Please guide me, wise beings...
What country are you in?
What type of knife are you interested in?
Gyuto or Funayuki
Are you right or left handed?
Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle?
Wa handle, could go octo or D
What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)?
What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife?
Do you primarily intend to use this knife at home or a professional environment?
What knife, if any, are you replacing?
Have Konosuke HD 240mm, funayuki profile
What improvements do you want from your current knife? If you are not replacing a knife, please identify as many characteristics identified below in parentheses that you would like this knife to have.)
Want something shorter and heavier
Better aesthetics (e.g., a certain type of finish; layered/Damascus or other pattern of steel; different handle color/pattern/shape/wood; better scratch resistance; better stain resistance)?
Kurouchi or bust
Comfort (e.g., lighter/heavier knife; better handle material; better handle shape; rounded spine/choil of the knife; improved balance)?
Heavier and more confident/sturdy than my laser
Edge Retention (i.e., length of time you want the edge to last without sharpening)?
Want to try blue if possible, as everything I have is white or stainless
Last edited by nerologic; 04-23-2014 at 05:14 PM.
I have that Watanabe and really like it, especially the stainless cladding. A little thicker than some, but a very well-made knife.
Is it thick behind the edge? Did it require thinning?
I own one of the Watanabe 180 gyutos. I used it all the time. It is surprisingly useful for a 180mm knife.
Mine definitely was not thick behind the edge. It is a real performer.
why not just order a watanabe? there's also zakuri blue #1 and tanaka ku blue #2
It's seeming like I'll have to! I just wanted to ask around in case there's anything else that might fit my fancy from another maker.
Moritaka 210mm Gyuto
I have a Moritaka 210mm Gyuto made of Aogami Super Steel if you want. I bought a year ago in Japan but never use it. It looks like the one in the link but with a D shape rose wood handle. Sorry, I can't insert my own picture somehow. http://www.This Site Not Allowed Here.com.com/moritaka9.html
Metalmaster has Tanaka blue steel KU 190mm Gyutos right now and they would make a great line knife for the price.
White instead of blue and a little above budget but I would also take a look at the Gesshin Ajikataya: http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...-wa-gyuto.html.