Lately I've been having this desire to pick up a mono western gyuto, many of them are cheaper than the San mai carbon WA stuff I usually gravitate towards and with some elbow grease (easing spine and choil, thinning behind the edge) I'm confident that they could perform nicely for me and with these types of knives I would be less protective at work and more open to my coworkers using them if they wanted to.
For carbons I've basically narrowed my search down to masahiro vc (sweet profile and they make a lefty version) or suien vc (high hardness, tall blade).
But at the same time semi stainless would be cool too. I've never used a tkc or a carbonext-but I love kono hd steel. Kono HDs are pretty pricey these days, and kono HDs seem really hard to come by as demand outweighs supply(western HDs are even harder).
How does carbonext steel and tkc steel compare to hd? How did different are the profiles? Ootb grind doesn't matter much too me as I would do a lot of tweaking anyway. What are your thoughts?