...misses out on the last Kono Fujiyama Blue #2 Gyuto in stock. I was all ready to get the 240 Funayuki when those dreaded words, "out of stock", appeared.
My hesitation was due to research. LOTS of research, thought and reflection, and wishing I could actually try out the various knives and see how the various geometries make a difference.
Notice the wording there - "geometries", not "steels". I have picked up on the fact that the former is more important than the latter, though the artsy and scientific parts of my brain still fight out the steel issue in narrowing down my choices. I have also learned not to make stupid statements like, "Blue steel trumps white" when there's more that enters the equation than what alloys are combined to form a particular steel.
Anyway, I'm close, really, really close, to choosing what knives to get with much more knowledge and advice than when I was naïve enough to fall for marketing hype and get slabs of soft metal in the shapes of blades with very little carbon in them, otherwise known as Wüsthofs. I did
research my tactical knives and ended up with Mad Dogs, but those are a little thick for kitchen use, and I gave one to my son before he make the trek from basic training to 82nd Airborne to Afghanistan to Landstuhl to Walter Reed.
So I'm asking for a little more input from anybody who cares to contribute, like Melampus, Mark, Adam, Taz...
First question/observation: I never see anything about the Kono Fujiyama White #1 Gyutos. Given that the words Konosuke, Fujiyama, and White #1 appear, the total lack of any mention of these knives on the CKTG forum mystifies me. It would seem to be - with the Blue #2's having been snatched up - a great alternative to the lasers for someone who wants a little more oomph, a little thicker blade and weight in a pure, high carbon, hard steel. Or is it just another pretty face?
That aside, my choices are narrowing down to the Kono HD2 240 (the Funayaki is currently residing in my shopping cart, in fact) - I love, love, love tool steel, and from what I have read on the forum indicate that the mysterious, proprietary HD2 has a fine grain structure akin to White #1, and the idea of "full steel" without cladding appeals to me. For similar reasons, the Suisin Inox Honyaki is appealing, though if I recall correctly, Melampus indicates the HD2 steel is a bit better. The Richmond Laser is finally here, unless they have all come and gone already, at an almost unbelievable price, and in Aogami Super, no less (no offense to you AEB-L advocates). I look at the Tetsuhiro Hammered White #1 and wonder, or at the Teryasu-Fujiwara but can't go that high in good conscience for the 240.
So my choice of Gyutos comes down to Konosuke HD2 or Fujiyama White #1, with Suisin or Tetsuhiro as dark horses in this race - or the Richmond laser,in Blue Super.
Now to Petty knives - 150 mm, of course. The Tanaka Sekiso is in my shopping cart, but...Mark, did I see correctly that you expect the Richmond 150 Lasers in Blue Super to arrive as early as next week? And what is y'all's opinions on the Teryasu-Fujiwara or the Tetsuhiiro Hammered White #1?