So I've been really enjoying my konosuke hd 270 gyuto, but I've been really missing the appeal and "it-factor" of wielding a carbon knife. While I could just go back to my old 240 Hiromoto AS, the sheer girth of the knife bothers me. Especially compared to the anorexic knife I've become accustomed to, it simply feels closer to using a tank to me. I know its a very popular knife and so many people adore it, but I just never found it satisfying. On the other hand, I dont want quite another laser. Definitely nice and thin but just the slightest bit of thickness increase over the HD would be beneficial for me.
Here is what I'm looking for:
-CARBON!...definitely not SK4, I've heard too much about excessive reactivity.
-240, especially on the longer side
-Under $200, I wish that could be extended but I'm a line cook in an urban setting
-Preferably yo handled. I like Wa, but I'm not craving it right now...know what I mean?
-Thin but not totally anorexic
-No big belly, those are the devil to me
-Preferably not a knife only available at CKTG.
So here are the knives I've been thinking about, and I was hoping for a little input from our esteemed expert crowd. I still need to research the dimensions of these knives but I figured I could ask for some personal experiences with the following:
$200 Masamoto HC (hear the steel is less reactive/more durable than the others)
$200 Misono Swedish "Dragon" (has a freaking dragon which I try to not let effect me...but sounds totally awesome)
$150 Masahiro Virgin Carbon (price is nice, know nothing of the steel)
$180 Suien VC (I know practically nothing of this knife, but it seems to meet my criteria...)