Between all of them.....in the "Best knife" category, you're splitting a really fine bunch of hairs.
Yeah, that's the problem - as I titled my original thread on my musings about choosing AA knife, “So many knives, so little time”. It would be soooo nice to just get them all
. And, of course, use them all.
Unless the unusually quiet Melampus shows up at my doorstep and yells at me to sheeit or get off the pot, or offers to demonstrate the difference between the Fujiyama and the HD2 by slicing off various appendages, including a very
personal lesson in push cutting with a Funayaki, methinks...
I really, really, really am enthralled by the Fujiyama White #1. I have a thing for hand-forged knives (and have the sneaking suspicion that the HD2's are stamped, though from a great steel and then ground exceptionally well), and generally works of functional art. As for regular profile versus Funayuki, it's not a deal breakers - I may be able to sneak in a Funi later despite threats from my spousal unit that "this is it". For the last umpteen years, my main knife has been a Wüsthof Santoku, so I am used to a flat edge. I just can't convince my wife why I have to sharpen it every single time I use it - sometimes twice when it starts not so much cutting as shredding beef or chicken (ditto for the slicer).
I am also somewhat enthralled by White #1, to the point of strongly considering getting a White #1 Petty just to have a set with the same steel. Not the Fuji, though - something a little taller.
I gotta tell y'all, I have this habit of picking up expensive hobbies - photography, shooting, audiophilia (steel arguments are slightly less heated than tubes versus solid-state). If I had that kind of money - the kind where one of my patient's son and daughter-in-law, after hearing me tell them Bill Gates spent a cool $100M building his house, said something to the effect of, "Yes, Bill and Melinda's house is really nice inside" - I might disregard the “3F” rule...
And Jwesley, you can FedEx “my” Fuji Funi Blue #2 to me. I swear you must have beaten me to it by minutes to a couple of hours.
If only I had followed my instincts and ordered it the day before.