A second vote for the Takamura Migaki 210. My favourite knife by quite a margin. It comes just crazy sharp out of the box and holds that edge forever. I sometimes giggle when using it to prep vegetables, the way it drops through the veggies like they aren't even there. Light, nimble, great fit and finish, and a fantastic price. I'd happily pay even more than the full list price of $235, but at its introductory price of $175 in my opinion it's one of the best deals anywhere. It's that good.
All extremely helpful. I was intimidated to ask these questions, but the conversation has been excellent. Am going with the Masamoto 210 and will work through sharpening issues in the weeks ahead. Thank you.
I feel like we need to do Melampus a public service and find some sort of forum filter where he doesn't see the posts dealing with Global. He works too hard for us to mess with his blood pressure... (this post is a joke for those that don't know)
I said I will not wax, and I will not. For those who think Globals are worth their dollar, I wish them well in their bliss.
As for your referencing "testimony and reviews abroad including Mark's", that changes my opinion in no way. E.G., Mark loves Takeda 210 & 240 Santokus... oh, I meant Gyutos; I think they're novelties for the circus. Mark respects my opinions; just as I respect his. As he put it best, "If everyone had the same taste, this would be a very boring forum [and business for him]."
My personal tastes are definitely specific to my professional capacity, but I am objective enough to always make appropriate suggestions. I draw upon decades of experience that allow me to see beyond what posters generally even recognize about their own situations. I have actually suggested a Global... once.. because it was appropriate. It is rarely the appropriate selection; it is mostly just someone ejaculating a brand name.
CEDAR <> They are not as tough as Germans... purposely... as they claim to be hard. They are harder, but they aren't hard enough to sharpen acutely or to offer great edge retention. They have uncomfortable & ineffective profiles... IMO. The handles are slippery jokes simply designed for aesthetics. The steel is garbage. The handle is a joke. The profile is for housewives. I must wain...