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Keith Neal

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You guys have convinced me that I must have a gyuto. This forum is going to cost me!

Factors:

To replace a Shun Classic 8" chef's knife for home use. The
Shun now seems clunky and awkward.

My little Carter funayuki has convinced me that I require
a nice thin Gyuto that can be kept razor sharp. I love the
Carter for little jobs, but need a general purpose, full size
knife for larger jobs.

I have a Masamoto yanagiba, Ichimonji kiritsuki and the Carter.
I like to sharpen and care for carbon steel, and keep my knives
in immaculate condition.

I like simple, functional but top quality tools. Simple but nice wood.
Fortunately, I have not yet learned to appreciate damascus.
A nice finish is fine.

Have I left anything important out?

What do you suggest?

Thanks,

Keith
 

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You just described a Sakai Yusuke gyuto in white steel. Wa (Ho and Ichii wood) and Yo-handled, 210-270mm versions from bluewayjapan on ebay.
 

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You like that Carter.... He sells full size knives.

Jon could get you a pretty sweet 240 Konosuke in carbon with an ebony handle. That's pretty hard to beat for a simple elegant solution. For a few bucks less he has one in stock in white #2 with the standard handle (which is still pretty nice). They have nice F&F as well.

The trend seems to be away from super thin, although it's hard to ignore how much fun thin can be.
 

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If you have time to wait and a $400 budget I'd get on the next Martell preorder. You wont regret it! Anything konosuke is good too or geshin ginga from jki
 

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Why not Masamoto KS? Thin, elegant, prestigious. Handle is simple, but you can pick different color ferrules from JCK....
 

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Marko's gonna make some killer knives for sure - but his style isn't "thin", which I thought OP preferred?
 

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If you're looking for a carbon laser the Sakai Yusuke knives are very good and aren't super expensive. I'd either get one of those or a Konosuke
 

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If you're as kind to your knives as you make it sound, I would consider the Kochi lines.
 

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Any of the Sakai White#2 carbon steel knives would fit the bill and they are all awesome: Yusuke, Ashi Ginga, Konosuke...

I have a Yusuke (240 Wa-gyuto) and an Ashi Ginga (225 chuka bocho/Chinese cleaver) in White#2 and the steel is just phenomenal!
 

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Oh yeah. :slaphead:

Wait, what was the budget again?
The budget is flexible. If everyone agreed that a particular knife is the standout in the category but cost a bunch more, I would be interested.

K
 

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Marko's gonna make some killer knives for sure - but his style isn't "thin", which I thought OP preferred?
oh - apparently i also didn't know that the budget was ... pliable. Marko might be a good thought if you do wa- and can wait. And just in case i'm spreading false information - it's not that Marko's knives are going to be "thick" - knowing what I know about Marko (which is actually only a little) - I'd be willing to guess that he's he's probably tried every possible combination of spine-to-edge taper on the planet to find the absolute most efficient combination to make a knife with a 3mm spine cut like a 2mm spine. The problem: he's done taking orders 'til the new year - PT him if interested (he has his own subforum).
 

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The 270mm ebony and blond ferrule handled Konosuke HD looks :eek2:.
270mm Konosuke HD with a stefan handle looks good, too


Sorry ... couldn't help myself but to show off stefan's/dave's work!
 
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270mm Konosuke HD with a stefan handle looks good, too


Sorry ... couldn't help myself but to show off stefan's/dave's work!
Yeah, that's pretty ridiculously amazing, thanks for making me drool :). One day perhaps...
 

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The budget is flexible. If everyone agreed that a particular knife is the standout in the category but cost a bunch more, I would be interested.

K
If it is at all in the cards, go custom.

You will not regret it. Every custom knife I've handled from the guys with subforums here has been in a class apart from production-run stuff.

Pick a guy who's style you like and talk to him. I mean it, you will have a knife that makes you think of more ingredients to cook with!
 

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oh - apparently i also didn't know that the budget was ... pliable. Marko might be a good thought if you do wa- and can wait. And just in case i'm spreading false information - it's not that Marko's knives are going to be "thick" - knowing what I know about Marko (which is actually only a little) - I'd be willing to guess that he's he's probably tried every possible combination of spine-to-edge taper on the planet to find the absolute most efficient combination to make a knife with a 3mm spine cut like a 2mm spine. The problem: he's done taking orders 'til the new year - PT him if interested (he has his own subforum).
Marko's knives are pretty thin.

And spine thickness has relatively little affect on cutting ability.
 

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270mm Konosuke HD with a stefan handle looks good, too


Sorry ... couldn't help myself but to show off stefan's/dave's work!
What is that handle made of?
 
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