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    Senior Member Cadillac J's Avatar
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    I love Konosuke to death, but the KS profile and blade shape is the sexiest ever.

    For me, it would be more of a carbon vs stainless decision I think, as both are going to rock your world regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    I don't have a Kono but I have the stainless Mizuno which I suspect is similar. (or the same) The Miz is fairly flexible where the Masamoto is not despite it's profile and thinness. If someone with the Kono could chime in on flexibility?
    the mizuno and HD are not very similar in profile. the mizuno seems to have a flatter profile at heel while the HD is not as flat at the heel but stays flatter through the entire length (if that makes sense ). this is on the 270mm though. i dont find the HD to be very flexable but it does feel a bit like it because of the thinness.
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    I'd say another thing to consider is, do you want a laser, or a more workhorse type of gyuto. The konosuke I used for months was an absolute gem. I love the thing! Having only ever handled a Masamoto KS, and never using one, I'd venture an educated guess that the Masamoto would be more durable, and I don't foresee any loss in cutting performance. With that being said, the Kono is spectacular, and the price is much more appealing.
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    "I'd say another thing to consider is, do you want a laser, or a more workhorse type of gyuto"

    Good question. Is the Masamoto a bit "beefier" than the HD?
    As far as price goes(up here in Canada) the Kono will run me between $250-$290 +tax(depending on the handle I choose)
    The KS is $310 + shipping and duty, so....

    "For me, it would be more of a carbon vs stainless decision I think"
    Also a good point. Although I'm very diligent about wiping and drying my knives after use,I wouldn't mind something that I don't have to keep my eye on every second.

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    Another option is a Konosuke Fujiyama White #2 gyuto, a very nice knife.

    Masamoto ks is a great knife, although it's annoying it doesn't come w/ an octagonal handle.

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    I don't have either (I have a Sakai Yusuke gyuto that is similar to the Kono), but the Konosukes never interested me in the slightest. I would go with the Masamoto.

    And a handle you aren't happy with is just an excuse to have a new handle made for it! Another "pro" in my book.
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    I've tried a fair amount of gyutos and when I got my KS I knew I had found the one. The blade shape is amazing, with a thinner, pointier tip that's sujihiki-esque, which is perfect for precise work. Its shorter blade height makes it great for slicing as well. It's not a laser, but it's thin enough. My 240 is actually 251, which is also perfect for me, since I feel like 230 blade length (like most wa-gyutos) is just not optimal.

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    Well.I guess the only way to know if a Kono is right for me is to go down to Tosho and check em out in person.I've heard a few people complain that the 240mm seemed a bit smallish and the regret not getting the 270.
    We shall see...

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    I love the size of the Konosuke actually i think it works quite well. I wanted to KS but i didn't have the extra cash at the time. Plus i haven't had very many carbon knives so i figured a semi-stainless is the way to start off.

    I also love how easy to sharpen the HD is, i misonos and a mizuno and the HD is much easier to sharpen, i normally can just touch it up within a few minutes rather than a 20-30 minutes.

    I think you should check them out in person overall, although i think if i had the extra cash i would have went with the KS since it was my main knife. The HD is not delicate at all and i have not had one thing i don't like about the knife.

    Good luck

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    Thanks jgraeff! You guys are the best! Such great advice.

    Much gratitude
    PK

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