Based on comments in this forum, my very first Japanese knife purchase was of three Yamawaku knives on EBay. While waiting for them to arrive from Japan, I also ordered and received a couple of other knives from ****. Call me impatient. Or addicted. Since I found so much useful info on this forum, I thought I would give a little back and post a couple of pics. I lined them up against the two other knives I have for comparison. In order they are:
Konosuke HD Wa-Gyuto 270mm, 182g
Yamawaku Wa-Gyuto 240mm, 226g
Moritaka Supreme Nakiri 165mm, 142g
Yamawaku Nakiri 165mm, 162g
Yamawaku Petty 150mm, 81g
That is a shadow on the petty in the first pic, not discoloration. I did not want to use the flash and got in the way of the overhead light. Duh. The pics don't show it very well, but the front of the blade on the Yamawaku nakiri is rounded, I guess to keep it from digging into the cutting board. I can get a lot closer and show more detail, if anyone is interested. Didn't want to tie up excess bandwidth with too many pics.
I have only briefly tested the Yamawaku nakiri and the petty. Both have decent edges OOTB (through a loupe they look pretty clean), but I will be sharpening all of them over the weekend. If nothing else, it is an excuse to play with my Edge Pro. I was surprised at how much heavier they were compared to my other knives. The 240mm Gyuto is actually heavier than the 270mm Konosuke by a lot. I don't know which is more typical of a Japanese knife. The finish on the Yamawakus (and the Moritaka), whatever it is called, looks pretty cool, but I do like the cleaner look of the Konosuke better. I can see now that my purchases will be evolving over time. Maybe next will be something Damascus (I like the look of the Tanaka Sekiso Damascus line)?
Anyway, that's it for my meager little collection. if anyone has any particular questions, I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for the opportunity to give just a little bit back.