I have the Blue 1 Kagekiyo 240 k-tip gyuto. Its very pretty. I don't think it's performance is overly that much better than my Tanaka Tsubaya Blue 1 which was 200 bucks cheaper, which is the same steel and a wide bevel. In terms of performance I'd say no. I'd say that probably a Tanaka Kyuzo bare bones will get you a similar level of performance. If you value the aesthetic, yes. For me, I brought it knowing that and am overall happy with the purchase.