Personally for the price I would probably go with the Sakai. It is a little thinner at the spine and OMG it is beautiful! lol
Granted the Hiromoto is an excellent carbon steel and will look very sexy after the edge patinas, VG10 is a good quality stainless and I absolutely love a good hammered damascus blade.
I personally don't think you would go wrong with either, but for the extra $2 I'd go with the Sakai based on looks alone even though I prefer carbon steels. I can be so shallow when it comes to knives... lol