Yeah Yeah, Richmond Laser probably wins in raw performance and handle, BUT, the finish on the Goko's blade wins IMO, and personally, if it were for home use only and I was considering a possible rehandle in the future, then the Goko would win out. Just because the Goko is slightly thicker doesn't mean it's thick behind the edge, it still cuts incredibly well. Just not quite as thin as the Richmond. The steel in the Goko gets so very sharp, so very fast, but it won't hold as long. So, pro kitchen I'd say Laser right away, but home use it's really up to you IMO.