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Lucien

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Every time I look at a Heiji, I want one, even though I have plenty

I do not however have the KU - are these SKD semi-stainless?
One in carbon and the other one in SS.
I did not ask for KU specifically - I only specified the gyuto size and steel I wanted in my order, nothing else. So I think the KU in the photo will come off after polishing (He did tell me he has not polish or sharpen them yet).
 

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What is delivery and pricing like on a Gyuto today? What COVID impacts exist? Is shipping better now or are knives still getting hung up in transportation?

Assuming no requested changes on a 210~240mm SemiStainless Gyuto, is it built to cut Sweet Potatoes or cold carrots and similar hard produce or, should it be reserved for softer items?

Regarding pricing, I"m not looking for a hard quote but a reasonable range for the knife and shipping would be helpful as I consider one today or in the future.

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Also, how do they compare to something like a Gihei Blue #2 Gyuto? I'm thinking more of a workhorse-style Gyuto as a complement to my laser Gyuto.
 

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What is delivery and pricing like on a Gyuto today? What COVID impacts exist? Is shipping better now or are knives still getting hung up in transportation?

Assuming no requested changes on a 210~240mm SemiStainless Gyuto, is it built to cut Sweet Potatoes or cold carrots and similar hard produce or, should it be reserved for softer items?

Regarding pricing, I"m not looking for a hard quote but a reasonable range for the knife and shipping would be helpful as I consider one today or in the future.

TIA,
Sid
Sweet potatoes will need some extra, "encouraging", regular potatoes no issue, with the stock wide bevels. Putting a little work in the geometry pays off tremendously though. And the spine and choil. 4-5 months wait. Around $280 USD (Shipping+PayPal) all in for a 240mm SS with no additional customization
 

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Additional data point...the number that @deskjockey posted above is the exact same that I recieved for the 270mm Semi-Stainless Gyuto, though I did specify rounded spine and choil and a minumum total weight. My shipping price was 3580 JPY and there is a Paypal Fee of 2020 JPY to boot. It all came to about $410 at PayPal's conversion rates last month.
 

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Sweet potatoes will need some extra, "encouraging", regular potatoes no issue, with the stock wide bevels. Putting a little work in the geometry pays off tremendously though. And the spine and choil. 4-5 months wait. Around $280 USD (Shipping+PayPal) all in for a 240mm SS with no additional customization
I am tempted to pick up one of these but, I'm also curious about the need or desire to "put a little work into the geometry".

My initial searches for the Yoshikane in a Nashiji finish with SKD/SLD steel has not been overly successful except for a couple out of stock options offered with a pretty good price increase, and the restocks are expected to include the rumored extra price increases I have seen mentioned. This has me focused back on the Heiji and Gihei options. The definite advantage Gihei has is more immediate delivery since it is in stock at two CONUS vendors for $260 (240mm Gyuto). Then there is the Semi-Stainless versus clad carbon consideration.

I really need to get a knife that will encourage me to spend more time in the kitchen. Post-Hospice for my mother and Post-Covid (for the most part) has seen me spend too much time at fast food places and generally eating less healthy than I should. This thread has me rethinking my priorities. ;)

Several comments have been along the lines of:
If you can wait, spend the extra $40 and get a Heiji

This has me wondering what I am missing if I get the Gihei 'today' and if I might have buyer's remorse if I don't get a Heiji.
 
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In it's stock form, it wedges in denser produce. The wide bevels are pretty flat, so friction in dense stuff is high. Convexing the bevels reduces friction, allowing the blade to cut through easier.
 
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