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    Wa or Yo Handles?

    All of this talk about a certain knife and recent "hot knives", has me wondering - on a gyuto, do you prefer a Wa or Yo handle?
    I, so far only own Yo handled gyutos, but I do have a Wa handled 'pettysuki' on the way.
    What do you guys prefer and WHY?
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    Like Chad Ward I grab my wa when I feel sporty.
    Anyway: You gotta have both, but yo is often more expensive and popular than wa

    I use yo 70% and wa 30%

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    The only handle that you should use , Is that which suits you the best. As far as the qus about me. I love using yo handles.

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    I'm a wa handle fan. They look better and feel better to me. However, I'll go with yo handle for anything that I might handle with grimy hands - like my garasuki, for example.

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    Personally, because I have sm-med hands, I prefer yo handles overall and especially on larger knives. I find the wa handles on larger knives too long and unwieldy for my taste. I don't mind wa handles at all on smaller knives like petty and honesuki though.

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    Wa for finesse. Yo for duty work. But honestly, I dont actually hold on to much of the handle, so it could probably be a duck taped tang and it'd be fine.LOL
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    I prefer yo handles or westernized-wa style knives. I.e Kramer and Shun. I don't like wa handles where the tang is an extension of the spine.
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    Great thread. I've been wondering about this for a while. I've exclusively made western style handles and want to start crafting the Japanese-styled blades and handles. So, I know what a wa handle looks like, but, forgive my ignorance, what is a yo handle? Is this the oval or egg-shaped one as opposed to the octagon wa handle shape?
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    I use both, I do not have a preference, but having been purchasing more wa handle knives recently, but like both.

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    I'm actually really surprised at the number who prefer Yo (western) handles.
    In theory, they are more ergonomical, but we don't grip the knife like a hammer...
    I wonder why so many are drawn to the Wa handled konosukes, suisins, etc.
    It must be the looks....
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