Tosho Knife Arts carries all kinds of Kono HD's,you might want to check it out.
my vote is for a suisin IH 210mm wa-petty. i am in love with mine. almost makes me wish id gone with the IH gyuto instead of the HD.
still really like the HD tho, i just think that the suisin might be a better knife for what im looking for.
It's like my ol' grandpappy used to say; "The less one makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look a fool in retrospect"
I've never used/seen a Konosuke HD in that model, however i have just spent about my first week with the Gesshin Ginga 210 Wa-petty. I am working (well soon anyway) on a review.
Improvement areas: The two very small comments on the negative side i've been able to find are that the handle has some kind of treatment that makes it feel a little bit plasticky and that Jons branding is not stamped the same way the makers mark is (they are on opposite sides).
The rest is flip sides;
F&F is very good.
Choil and spine has the edge broken (but could do with a maybe a tad more rounding in my opinion)
Steel holds the edge well
Blade is beautifully finished.
The knife is very light and nimble
Lastly, Jon and Sara have a superior customer service....
Would not hesitate to recommen this knife to anyone looking for a 210 Wa-petty!
More to follow in the "proper" review
I work with a guy that uses the 210 Gesshin Ginga Wa petty as his line knife and loves it FWIW
I use a 210 wa kono hd. My one complaint is the squareness of the handle. It doesn't taper, and in a petty, I think that's rather important. I was a bigger fan of the dual horn semi octagonal handles that kono hd' s used to sport....not so fond of the newer octagonals....
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
I love my 210 ginga petty. I agree with tk about its toughness. Frankly I find it tougher than my hd gyuto.
Last edited by Dusty; 03-23-2012 at 12:16 PM. Reason: Added the word 'petty'.
Found a Kono HD. Thanks to those who helped! If you know where I can get a saya for the 210mm kono hd petty let me know.
I'm sure someone on here can make you a really nice custom saya.