"Thin" is a relatively subjective term in this context... I'm sure we can agree. The Sekisos are no lasers for sure, but they utilize said thickness to generate a coveted convex grind. Their handles are ovular, and IMO, the weakest link in the Tanaka product. I don't care much about handles, but if you like "pretty"... they aren't. They have an almost plastic resin feel to them, but at their price point though, a $100 handle upgrade is an affordale option down the road.SIMON <>
We know very little about you so when you ask for an "appropriate idea" - its almost an oxymoron of a question. You want to spend under $400 on a Shirogami 270... OK.
The Masamoto KS
is $350, is Shiroki (white #2), & is undeniably one of the finest knives in the entire CKTG catalog... I'm very suprised no one remembered it was there. For a push/pull cutter, its the most fitting, as well... but we don't know anything about your cutting style. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/maks27wa.html
The Moritaka Supreme
(non damascus) is $232, is Aogami Super (blue super) & is arguably a better overall steel then your vague request. Furthermore, I think from listening to your text, @HRC 65 it's too chippy for you. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/moritaka7.html
The Tanaka Sekiso
is $200, is Aogami #2 (blue 2) & at HRC 60 is think more your speed regarding durability. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tanakagyuto.html
I have to add: buying a knife just for its steel is a scary game. A knife purchase is an intimate proposal in which steel type is just one of a few VERY important factors.TIM <>
Looks like we were typing at same time...