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$400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:01 pm

have an opportunity to purchase a Carter 245mm High Grade Series Funayuki for about $400.

But $400 got me thinking...for THAT price, there are other knives I could get. One that came to mind was Kanehiro's 240mm Wa-Gyuto for almost $100 less:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ka24wa.html

Your thoughts? I like my gyutos kind of light and not super blade heavy if that's any help.

Any other knives you think I should consider?

Thank you.

P

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:12 pm

Hi P.

I think Murray's knife would be a good one to own. If you like collecting good knives, owning one of Murray's knives is a good choice. I do think for $400 you could do a little better.

The western custom Hiromotos we have on the site right now are hard to beat. Excellent blades combined with beautiful custom handles make these knives special.

My buddy Adam did a group of these recently and you can check them out here:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/adam-marr-knives.html

If you want a wa handled knife and would like to try white #1 steel in a hand made knife I would go for this any day over most stuff in it's price category. It's about $100 less than Murray's knife and it's in a different league in terms of fit and finish and handle:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kofuwh1gy24e.html

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:14 pm

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kofuwh1gy24e.html

Great knife from a great company who makes fantastic knives.

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:14 pm

Jinx!!!!

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:15 pm

Beat you to it you owe me a coke! :)

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:49 pm

I'd put it in the next box but it might explode in the air!! :)

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:42 pm

Hi Mark,

Great stuff! Read through a lot of the older strings and there's a lot of good advice. However, it's a lot to take in.

Takedas are recommended in these strings:

getting-the-best-gyuto-you-offer-t1229.html

270mm-wa-gyuto-non-stainless-steel-t1194.html -Kono also mentioned.

under-400-and-awesome-t1107.html

And here, the Kono HD is recommended:

upgrade-my-global-t1057.html

As mentioned, I'm not too keen on collecting knives and just want one gyuto. Oh, would also prefer a Japanese handle. :-)

Thanks.


P

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:45 pm

All that stuff is good. I love Takeda's gyutos. I tend to gravitate towards guys I'm friends with that do good work and Shosui is a super nice guy and he makes excellent knives. If you looked at my knife collection at home, all the permenent, non testing stuff are knives from friends.

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:07 pm

One knife, great conversation piece, obviously hand made...get a Takeda!! :)

Re: $400 for a great gyuto. What would you get?

Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:16 pm

Hi Mark,

Regarding the Kono you recommended:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kofuwh1gy24e.html

you said,
it's in a different league in terms of fit and finish and handle
How so? How is its balance? How does its weight and balance compare to the Takeda?

How much will the two of them patina?

Thanks!

P
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