Haven't checked in in quite a while. This is mostly due to my Masamoto KS 240 basically eliminating my desire for anything better. And partly due to having a baby...
Well, the new knife bug has bitten so I just gotta give in. I should preface this by mentioning that no, I don't need a new knife, so there's no need for anyone to point that out. I'm a knife guy first and a cook second so this is merely scratching the new knife itch.
150 AS petty, 165 white II nakiri, 210 clad white II gyuto, 240 mono steel white II gyuto, plus some globals and henkels my wife uses. (she's scared of my knives).
Full complement of stones from 220 to 8000, plus leather chromium strop for touch ups. Able to keep all my knives falling through free hanging phone book pages from the top sharp.
Budget: prefer to keep it under $400
I'd really like to learn single bevels (yeah I know they are tricky to use and sharpen but remember, I don't need this knife, this is just for fun so no need to warn me away from them) and I don't have a slicer so I was thinking yanagiba would be a good way to go. Aside from that I was mostly thinking 270 gyuto, suji or kiritsuke gyuto. Prefer a flatter (less belly) profile in gyuto's. Gotta be wa handled and carbon as well.
My current contenders:
Monzaburo 300mm blue II yanagiba
Yoshihiro 300mm yanagiba
Gesshin Hide 270mm yanagiba (bit over budget)
Mizuno hontanren 270 gyuto
Yoshikane v2 Tomamoku gyuto (out of stock at aframes)
Konosuke Fujiyama 270 kiritsuke gyuto
So, what would you buy? and by all means, you don't have to stick to my list, I also want to know what I'm not thinking of. Thanks!!