CROW <> "Does the cladding effect the feel of the steel (make it feel cold/souless)?"
Some can notice a deadening of feedback - a less lively blade, the majority do not."Is there a difference in their slicing ability due to blade geometry/thinness amusing they are equally sharp?"
I can't say I've used all four of those knives to compare/contrast geometry, but in a general sense - yes, geometry plays a crucial role in how a knife cuts. The quintessential laser, the Kono W#2
, is going to feel sharper than it is due to thinness of the edge & will feel as if it cuts more easily then a thicker knife at the same sharpness. They are also very light knives which helps when you're prepping for hours. With these pros comes a con, they are more fragile & require a different level of respect. I'm not saying they are glass, they are steel, but heavy duty tasks must be addressed with caution or your Wusthof. Furthermore, their thin edges are not particularly suited for your rocking style. The lateral force of the slide down the board & the torquing of all that edge to board contact is just not the best for a laser.
The thicker blades, bear in mind none you reference are particularly thick, have benefits, as well. For one, their thickness allows the bladesmith to incorporate a distinct convex into the blade geometry of which helps food release from the blade face & cuts their tendency to wedge into foods. Furthermore, with thickness comes more steel which creates more weight of which many prefer in a knife. A heavier knife with a nice grind has a way of falling through food that a laser can not compare to. Some like the inherent integrity that a heavier knife instills... its a preferential thing. And as I mentioned above, a thicker knife simply has more integrity to handle heavier duty tasks more easily. Yes, these are still hard steel knives we are talking about, but when you get a bit thicker behind the edge you will inherently have a more durable edge. "So what do you guys recommend considering the above?"
From what I know about you, it seems the Murata is the best bet. It's a great value @$100, it's relatively lightweight while still thick enough to perform on heavier tasks & to rock with. Side note: rocking with a Wa feels a bit foreign to me, but not so incredibly strange."Is there a contender that I have overlooked?"
Are you kidding.?! Too many to list, but here are a few: Kajihara
is very much like the Murata you referenced, the Mizu
is similar, as well, and you can't forget about the Tanaka
. In Yo-handled knives you have the venerable Masamoto
, the Misono
, and the Artifex
in the beloved 52100.