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    Something a little heftier...

    So, I REALLY got the itch for a new gyuto (holding off on the yanagiba for the time being). Right now I have a kono white and a moritaka KS, so I'm looking for something thats a little heftier...something I can beat around a bit (i work in a pro kitchen).

    Kono I LOVE, but just feel like I have to baby it a bit when it comes to some prep tasks. The KS...its so so i guess. Cuts really well, but I'm not a fan of the AS steel and the tip is a little lower than i like I've come to notice. Overall, I don't NEED a new guyto, just want something new to play with hehe

    Right now, I'm mainly eying the yoshikane SKD, and the kono fujiyama, but I'm a little concerned that the fujiyama is too similar to my kono white (weight/thickness/sharpness/edge retention) to justify buying right now...am i wrong?

    And then whats the word on the yoshikane these days? I've read a lot of very positive reviews about it, but I also handled one at my previous job and noticed a lot of wedging. Given, that one was also pretty worn down, and the owner never thinned it as it wore down so maybe that caused the lack of performance?

    Or anyone have any other/better recommendations in the $250-300ish range?

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    Zakuri. Kon Fujiyama would be fine. It's a fair bit heftier than the regular Kon's. As for the steel, it sharpens nicer and possible holds an edge better. It runs pretty short though. Definitely go for a 270 on that one.

    There's also a Mizuno in the BST for $300. That would qualify. Maybe you can lowball him.

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    maybe a fu rin ka zan from JCK?

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    I have two Kono fuji's and one is about .5mm thicker (at spine above choil) than a reg. Kono...and the other is more like 1mm thicker, so my guess is there can be a slight variation in the fuji's. I use the thicker one in a pro kitchen everyday and it's perfect for me (in addition to a much thinner kiritsuke fuji for veg.). You can always ask Mark to pick out a thicker one for you if you wish, that's what I did. Good luck on your hunt.

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    Kono Fuji is a great cutter. Take a look at gengetsu too.

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    + 1 Mizuno

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    Quote Originally Posted by obtuse View Post
    Kono Fuji is a great cutter. Take a look at gengetsu too.
    Gengetsu is awesome but it's more in the $350-$400 range. I think it's worth it.

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    I'll second the Gengetsu suggestion. I had a very similar conversation with Jon at JKI. I was looking for something a little beefier than my Kono at the spine, but with a great edge. I bought the stainless clad white #2 and am very happy with it. Nice handle OOTB too.

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    Sorry - seeing TK59's post just above mine, I realize I wasn't sticking to the price range....

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    Oops, didn't see there was a price range.

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