Hi all, Long time lurker so essentially my first. I came across a stock clearance of MA-KK-210, MAC Kakuga Usuba, priced at 90 euro (original price 289 euro) but although it is stated as MAC, I could not find any info of it on MAC's websites. Steel is described as <<white Japanese Yasuki High Carbon steel (hard and soft), two-ply>>, figure it is HITACHI white steel? I know that 90 euro is considered peanuts in knifenuts world but my budget is tight. It caught my attention as a bargain to enter J-knives so had to ask if anyone is familiar with that. My collection so far consists of some budget knives from Wusthof, Kai and ..IKEA. Also a cheap Wusthof 400/2000 combo stone. Home cook, mainly using pinch grip and prefer thrust cut (at least I try to) All in all this will be my first attempt to serious knife territory and I am wondering should I pull the trigger on this or save up for a gyuto (like Kaeru) ? Regarding stones I am considering major upgrade, probably with Naniwa's, but that is not my issue now (will make new thread when time comes). What can be the negatives of an Usuba? (In my eyes single bevel knives seem easier to sharpen on stones but I may be terribly mistaken). P.S. I have not posted the link to the site selling since I don't know if it is allowed by rules. Kindly tell me if needed to do so for your reference.