I sent a long reply last night, but lost into cyber abyss, it went. This site's server sucked for me last night; my connection was a steady 18mbps.
I prefer the Gokujo as a general boning knife. I own the Tojiro<--link
though I find the tip needs profiling. If I were to buy another, I would buy the Shun<--link
Honesukis are CRAZY TASK SPECIFIC, IMO. Don't get me wrong, there ARE those that use them as pettys & to process meat, but I am absolutely not one of them as I find them inappropriate for alternate tasks. The angle of the blade's edge as to the handle is just strange in other applications, for me... ESPECIALLY as a petty. It's VERY good with birds, but in a hyper precise kinda way. It's analogous to the Nakiri:Gyuto issue. I can do anything with a Gyuto as efficiently as I can do with a Nakiri, but the converse just can not be claimed. Same with a Honesuki:Gokujo/Hankotsu; I can do anything with a Gokujo as efficiently (& I'll lay money even more efficiently with a Hankotsu) as I can do with a Honesuki, but the converse just can not be claimed.
That said, I just received my first ever Hankotsu<--link
which I anticipate to be the absolute bridge between the decisive incision power of a single-bevel, as most Honesuki are, and the versatility of a curved boning knife. I have yet to put an edge on her, and I will add that I was curiously surprised by how it came. It has an edge on the tip half of the blade, but NOTHING on the heel half. I have no problem with no edge at all; rather, I prefer it, but half an edge...