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    Searching for my next knife....

    My recent introduction to Japanese knives was a Gesshin Ginga 240mm Gyuto.



    I think it is a fantastic knife and I'm very glad I bought it. I'm finding, however, that my preference at work is to use this:
    Phillip Patton's "western santoku" (bad pic,sorry). It's a heck of a knife, but I'd rather leave it home with the Gesshin where it's less likely to get too banged-up or "borrowed" by a co-worker.



    I seem to reach for it more based on a couple things:

    - It's shorter (7.25") and seems more manageable in cramped quarters.
    - The tip is lower on the profile and I don't have to bend my wrist down to use that last inch or so when doing more delicate work.
    - It's 3mm thick close to the handle (vs. the gyuto's 2mm) and while it does have a distal taper, it's nowhere close to as thin as the Gyuto's. I guess I'm finding I prefer not to have a lot of flexing going on when working with certain foods.

    So, am I looking for a 3mm/7" santoku? Or maybe a beefier 210mm gyuto? I'd really like this to be my last knife purchase for some time, so I gotta get it right this time! Thanks for your help.

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    JKI sells a 210mm suji from heiji. TK59 has it and it on hell of a knife...

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    Looks great, but I should also add that $200 is my max budget since it's to be a work knife.

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    What's wrong with the western Santoku that you have? Sounds like it works great for you...what are you trying to get out of a new knife?

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    There's nothing wrong with it, I just don't want to take it to work. I'm looking for a suitable replacement that I can leave in my locker after my shift and keep the custom knife in my kitchen at home.

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    Does it have to be stainless? The Masamoto CT and Masahiro VC lines include wide-bladed 210mm Yo-gyutos that look like long santokus. And the Masamoto CN and Masahiro rosewood series are bolsterless and priced quite a bit lower.

    There was also an Aritsugu on Aframestokyo a while back. Check this out for hefty:


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    Good suggestions, thanks. Stainless or Carbon is good. I'm leaning towards a "pointy" (if that exists) yo handled santoku around 3mm thick.

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    If I were you, I'd see if anyone is interested in selling a used 6.5 sun Carter SFGZ funayuki. I honesty
    Think it would be exactly what you're looking for. His knives are thin(ish) without feeling fragile, with incredible grinds, and I haven't noticed any flex in mine (it is shorter, however).
    If you prefer Western style handles, look for an SFGZ RH. I have a feeling people would even be more willing to let one go, than one of his regular wa-handled knives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    If I were you, I'd see if anyone is interested in selling a used 6.5 sun Carter SFGZ funayuki. I honesty
    Think it would be exactly what you're looking for. His knives are thin(ish) without feeling fragile, with incredible grinds, and I haven't noticed any flex in mine (it is shorter, however).
    If you prefer Western style handles, look for an SFGZ RH. I have a feeling people would even be more willing to let one go, than one of his regular wa-handled knives.
    Stop pushing my knife Tom! You can have it when I'm done with it

    I was just thinking the same thing. Most people don't find an aesthetic appeal to the SFGZ series anyway so its less likely to be babied and/or stolen!

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