Help deciding 1st gyuto!
Came to the forum in search for help picking up my 1st gyuto, so I guess I can start answering that ultimate questionnaire....
Are you right or left handed?
Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle?
At first I thought a western handle would be better, but i'm starting to like the idea of japanese handles... mainly octagonal shaped
What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)?
Do you require a stainless knife? (Yes or no)
What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife?
US$ 150 tops, for one gyuto
Home cook as a hobby, 2-3 times a week more or less
What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for?
Slicing, chopping and mincing vegetables, slicing and trimming meats
What knife, if any, are you replacing?
A pair of really cheap Tramontina Carbon Steel knives which I use to practice my sharpening skills
Do you have a particular grip that you primarily use?
What cutting motions do you primarily use?
Push cut, drawing, walking, slicing and wanting to learn rocking motion
What improvements do you want from your current knife?
Mainly edge retention and comfort. Aestethics comes stock with any good japanese blade!
Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board?
Plastic board, planing to own an End grain cutting board
Do you sharpen your own knives?
Yes, starting on this craft.
Are you interested in purchasing sharpening products for your knives?
Already have some.... but yes. Always! ahahahah
After about 1 year of researching, lately I've settled my alternatives to 2 knives... I really really like the deal on that Gesshin Uraku 240mm White #2 gyuto (so much that I'm about to buy it, impulsively):
But I'm still considering a Hiromoto AS 240mm gyuto.... Are these two comparable? The Hiromoto has good reputation but I really don't know what to expect from either one.....
Could you guys help me?
Thank you in advance!
I have one of these, like it a lot !
blue 2 damascus
With shipping, it should just be on your budget.
I know it's a little bit over your budget, but it's worth considering http://www.kitchen-knife.jp/pro/gyuto.htm
Knowing his prices will go up this september.
kevpenbanc: Thanks for the tip! I liked the site, but I actually wanted an octagonal handle... Aren't those Tanaka knives supposed to sell at a very high price? Why is this one much cheaper? Looks good, really, but can't find specs, measures, etc...
Marcelo: Sorry I took longer to see the posts here.. my budget is limited and I want a 240mm knife. If the 180mm gyuto already costs this much, imagine the other! hahahahah
that is a Tanaka, the more expensive one your are most likely thinking about is a Takeda, one hell of a knife, just not my cup of tea, I might hop on that Tanaka nice deal!
Originally Posted by Luis
Tanaka makes some significantly more expensive knives, as well. Their knives with R2 steel are in the 400+ range.
forgot about the R2 Ironwood's those can go for a good penny
They also make R2's with WA handle's. Beautiful knives.
Yeah, I saw one Tanaka R2 on sale for $650 !
Think it was at Tosho (?) - a fairly recent thread.
I like my cheapo Tanaka a lot, but I have nowhere near the knife experience of most people on this forum.
The handle is a D handle not octogon. I think it probably took me a little while to realise that when I received it