Richmond 52100 Ultimatum is great.
Compared to a Sabatier it's the wa version of "same goodness but much more so."
First, the negative: Despite the promise of "blade polishing... by Shaun Fernandez," there were tool marks on my blade left by Lamson's CnC grinding machine; and the one major criticism of the knife is would be "piss poor cosmetics."
Other than the the tool marks, F&F was excellent on the crowning and handle (also by Shaun), and the OOTB edge quality was pretty good.
Excellent edge taking and holding, the knife is robust enough to stand up to just about anything. And yes, I split chickens with it even though it's stupid. But, y'know... so far so good. The knife is pleasant and easy to sharpen, and has excellent edge holding. It's so robust, versatile, and comfortable, with such a pleasant feel on the board (Sabatier cloned geometry), it's knocked my carbon Sabatiers out of my rotation. My other two go-to gyuto are Konosukes, and I'd rate the Ultimatum as "just as good but different" which is saying a helluva lot.
At the time I bought it I was also considering a Masamoto KS. While the KS is one of the best gyutos ever made, it does more or less the same things in more or less the same ways as the Konos. The Ultimatum fits my set better, and since you're specifically looking for something heavier than 6oz, my read is that it will fit yours as well.
They haven't been in stock for quite awhile. If and when they'll be in stock again... quien sabe? Ask Mark. Forcefully.
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