That's not a nice question to ask... But I think I'd go with the Carter. They both cut great but I'd give the edge to the Carter. The HD might win the edge retention but that really doesn't matter to me. The profile on the Carter is flatter, which I prefer. Plus, it's forged white #1 which is cool and I don't mind rounding the edges or otherwise modifying it or getting it rehandled later. If I wanted pretty and didn't want to have to mess with it to get it "perfect," I would be tempted to go with the HD.
Well, I think a Carter in the 240mm range would far out-price an HD, so on value alone, I'd pick the Carter....plus, I too already own an HD. (And will sometime in the near future pick up a Carter; waiting for the next "sale")
And if it's Blue Super instead of white then you should really snap it up, because that's a higher priced knife than his white steel line. On pure market economics the Carter is definitely the way to go, but I would go with it on pure performance factors as well. Especially considering it's usually pretty rare to come across a Carter on the market that long. Most of the time the knives he has on his website fall below 200 mm - he's actually had a few longer than that for sale recently, but he went about 2 years without posting anything that wasn't damascus and extremely expensive that was longer than 6.5 sun or so.
He has a couple of long funayuki's at his website right now, 7's 8's and 9's... I'm waiting for a 6.5 sun to become available... Right now I'm taking a good look at the 210mm HD... but if there's going to be a 6.5 sun SGFZ soon, I'm going to probably go with Carter... but... I'm also curious about the HD.... But I already have a 5 sun funayuki and it's just CRAZY good... but the HD looks very impressive and heard very good reviews about it... but the funayuki... I'm confused... don't know what to do!!!!! HELP ME!!!!! haha! :happy2:
(i love the "what knife to buy" dilemma, best problem in the world :scratchhead