Mark, you're not being fair to either knife.
SK4 is barely okay carbon steel. 52100 is very good carbon steel, excellent even. Sucky or rockin' alloy? The choice is yours.
The Fujiwara FKH is a good knife for someone who really REALLY
wants a Japanese made, carbon yo-gyuto with decent cosmetics and geometry, wants to keep the cost as low as possible to the nickel
, is willing to put up with a few weeks of transferring unpleasant odors to food while the metal stabilizes, and also willing to put up with at least it's (slightly) better than a Henckels
The Artifex in 52100 is a much better knife than Mark is letting on. Compared to the FKH, it is a HUGELY
better choice, and well worth the extra $15.
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