Just my honest opinion here.
For a long time I was wondering is it true,are more expensive single bevel knives really better made.
Im comparing Yoshihiro Deba and Gesshin Hide. Both 21cm
Im not comparing looks. That bit doesnt really matter to me. Its a tool and its most important feature is funcionality.
The grind is similar, off course better on Hide, a little. The finish of the back side much better [not wavy, or not that much]
Similar overgrind above edge in the heel area, on the back similarly ground tip [with a little problem].
Shape is little better on Hide, you have more flat edge near heel, blade is lower, and so the weight is little reduced.
The weight however is personal preference. I would work with both but for heavier fish I would go with Yoshihiro.
Handle is the same quality, the tang hole huge. Epoxy used weird. Sandy.
Saya is the same quality, pin hole is way bigger than pin itself= pin is easily lost
Choil rounded and polished, Spine polished but not rounded. Its sharp
Is the steel used better, I dont know.
When you hold the Hide it feels light ? [or its me], but comfortable, dont know if I can talk balance here.
Would I pay 200 dollars more? No.
Which one would I prefer? To have both
Both are nice knives. But for me apart from the looks theres not that much difference.