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    Top 5 affordable White Steel #1 gyutos

    Ever since stumbling across a forum discussion about the virtues of white steel #1, I've been looking for a white steel #1 gyuto that 1) not too expensive and 2) is not too thick.

    I can't find one. The one's I've seen are very expensive. Hence my question,

    What are the Top 5 most affordable white steel #1 gyutos?

    (I know affordable is relative, I mean something priced at the lower end of the scale for white steel #1 gyutos)

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    I think Konosuke makes a white #1 gyuto under their premium Fujiwara line. Price wise, Konosuke's tend to be great value so shouldn't be shockingly more expensive than the standard white #2.

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    Any reason why you are looking for white#1 instead of the much more common/available/offered white#2?

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    Here's a great breakdown of steels used in Japanese kithcen knives.

    The Sakai Yusuke white steel wa-gyuto from Blue Way Japan is a good value for white #2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flounce View Post
    What are the Top 5 most affordable white steel #1 gyutos?
    Carter uses white #1 in his clad knives SFGZ and High Grade (the ones marked with a "W" on the blade, the other ones are AS) . Great cutters but are they affordable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottman View Post
    Carter uses white #1 in his clad knives SFGZ and High Grade (the ones marked with a "W" on the blade, the other ones are AS) . Great cutters but are they affordable?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Carter uses AS steel. True the W on his blade is for white #1, but the S on his blade designates Super ie. Blue steel right?

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    AS is super blue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac J View Post
    Any reason why you are looking for white#1 instead of the much more common/available/offered white#2?

    Thanks everyone.

    I'm new to this, and the only reason I'm looking for white #1 is the enthusiasm of a number of people on knifeforums.com on how "retarded sharp" white #1 can get.

    If you feel that white #2 is fairly close to white #1 in how "retarded sharp" it comes off the stones, perhaps I can modify the original question:

    "What are your 5 favorite White #2 gyutos under $300 ? "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flounce View Post
    "What are your 5 favorite White #2 gyutos under $300 ? "
    Konosuke 270, great knife, the only white #2 gyuto I have (fwiw the Tadatsuna white should be very similar).

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    If you like white and are willing to go shorter, the carter SFGZ series is a good knife with a ****** handle. A funayuki at abut 210 shouldn't run much more than $300-350 in this line. Maybe less.

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