LOL! I would have to agree. The 270 is my go to knife, and i am a home cook also.
Talal's had a good day today ... warm weather, lots of sunshine, chance to hold and feel a number of Takedas and DT's...
I don't know if it makes it any easier to make the decision, but at least I think he's got much better information on which to make his decision
Thanks to echerub's kindness my decision was a bit easier today. I finally settled on the DT Wa Gyuto. Takeda is locally available so i can easily experiment with them later
Thank you all once again for you input
If you haven't already, you should stop by Tosho knife arts when you have the chance. They have some pretty good stuff there. Mostly Konosuke and Takeda but there's some other surprises as well.
Starting this harvest I'm a starving startling artist/
Lyrical arsonist it's arduous spitting this smartest arsenic/
I've never been, but I assume they have a bunch of stuff you could play with to help make a decision. (I realize this is too late)
Talal told me he dropped by both Knife and Tosho - he doesn't let anything get by him in his quest for a new knife
There is actually another new knife store in Toronto. Haven't been to this one but it does not focus on Japanese knives. http://www.blogto.com/design/hacher-and-krain-toronto
BTW knifetoronto offers a beginner sharpening class free of charge. its not much of a class, more of an informal Q&A where the owner sharpens a knife, gives a few tips, and answers any and all questions you have. Its worth a visit. Email or facebook them to get in on a class.