Sakai Takayuki Kanyata Gyuto: Recommended?

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What are you looking for from the santoku?

What sort of single-bevel knife are you interested in?
 

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Yeah as blokey said... look up kiritsuke experiences to learn more about people's general experiences using this kind of single bevel, and the main limitations.
Personally I tend to stick to this rule of fist: if you don't know what you need a single bevel for, you don't really need a single bevel. ;)
 

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The series is good if you want single bevels just for fun. You get familiar profiles and a lot of blade height relative to the length and thickness of the knife. That makes for pretty thin geometries with not too much steering. A regular 210 Kiritsuke (not a thing really, they start at 240 mostly) would be both thicker and narrower, especially the Takayuki ones, which are narrower than for example Masamoto. I have personally handled the 240 gyuto and it was well ground and about half as thick as a 240 usuba at the same height.
 
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Thank you all for your responses. The reason I was looking at the santoku is that I have discovered that I prefer push pull rather than rocking. While using my gyuto I find myself wishing for a flatter edge profile. I am looking at single bevel knifes simply because I want to learn how to use one. I realize that they can be challenging, but so is learning to use Japanese knifes at all. Your responses have led me to further searches.
 

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Just out of curiosity, what's your current gyuto? Just so we know what you're comparing from. I think a lot of people here don't necessarily rock-chop with their gyutos, I think most are push/pull cutters.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. The reason I was looking at the santoku is that I have discovered that I prefer push pull rather than rocking. While using my gyuto I find myself wishing for a flatter edge profile. I am looking at single bevel knifes simply because I want to learn how to use one. I realize that they can be challenging, but so is learning to use Japanese knifes at all. Your responses have led me to further searches.
Sounds like Yoshikane and Masashi are right up your alley for Gyuto's.
 
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