A quick clarification if you don't mind. Gesshin Uraku and Yoshihiro are different brands, correct?
Same, but the Gesshin meets JKI standards.
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
If you have any specific questions I would be happy to attempt to answer them. They are a great starter knife but I feel will truly perform best if the get thorough work out on the stones to touch up their profiles.
Does he answer PM's or only emails? I wish he'd gotten back to me sooner. I ended up buying Shun stones!!!
Same maker different brands I think. Jon posted a note a couple of weeks ago saying that his email backlist is massive and to expect delays following his shop move.
But from what I understood, both Gesshin Uraku and Yoshihiro are from the same maker. However, as No Chop said Gesshin series meet JKI standard, which means you won't see the usual issues (i.e. low and high spots) you would see in other entry level J-knives. It's like they put more efforts to make their knives for Gesshin Uraku than their usual Yoshihiro kasumi series.
Having said that you could still end up with a good one even if you buy directly from Yoshihiro depending on your luck.
If you buy Jon's Gesshin series, it means you are buying a knife that passed Jon's F&F quality standard. I have read many posts here in KKF about Uraku and it seems everyone who bought them is very happy. I'd have bought them too, if the shipping to AU was cheaper.