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    Import taxes have little to do with any vendor. If you owe import taxes then that's the way it is no matter who you order from. Creative accounting and the luck of the draw @ Customs can have an impact but most etailers will not fudge numbers to help your tax bill. That's an unrealistic expectation. Web sites that say any thing about import taxes simply state that all taxes, duties, fees etc are your responsibility. JCK charges $7 for freight. That has nothing to do...
I can't say I've ever noticed this with VG-10 but I wonder if we're getting a bit lost in the minutia of some obscure defintion. If pressed I would describe VG-10 as being a bit lifeless compared to G3 or 19c27.
  The Suisin WA Inox Honyaki is about as good as it gets in a standard production knife. There's not many blades in that category IMO. The Ikkanshi-tads and the Masamoto KS are about the only others I'd place in the same league with out getting into stratospheric price points. There are certainly others nipping on their heels at a better price point but I could pick any of these three and never buy another knife.
Like the others I don't own or use a Santoku, I don't really see any downside to one either if that's what you want. You've narrowed your choices to two knives that are very close in quality and price point. I'd take the Kagayaki for the slightly better steel considering it's only a few bucks more but it's not like you can make a "bad" choice here.   Don't let a simple choice turn into paralysis by analysis. Pick the one you like and enjoy.
The Fujiwara is made from Moly so for me that won't make the cut based on your requirements. It's also HRC 57 compared to the Kagayaki @ HRC 60. Additionally the Kagayaki is ground 70/30. The Fujiwara is inexpensive which is really it's best point but spending $14 more for better steel, better grind and getting a knife that will hold better edge is an easy choice. With the 70/30 grind you will certainly notice the difference. I've never found any of the Kagayaki handles...
Glad to see you over here Knerd. How's the new job?   Dave
The Kono and Sakai have taken a price jump so IMO the KS becomes almost a no-brainer as long as you are ok with carbon. I dig my Ikkanshi's but I'm not at all convinced those being made after the factory was sold and moved are the same knives that were so highly regarded prior to the Tsunami. The Suisin Inox Honyaki is equal the the Ikkanshi's of the past but if that's the flavor you like I'd hold off until June/July when Korin does the 15% off sale.  I'm not in the...
If you want a Santoku that's exactly what you should get. The knife you will use the most is the one you like best. If that's a Santoku then go with it. Watch Iron Chef sometime and you will see Santokus out in force. I would take the Kagayaki long before the Fujiwara for a number of reasons. I have a JCK Kagayaki WA gyuto I bought several years ago that still amazes me considering the price point.   Dave
    A fast stone may be nice for some but unnecessary for most. When I say that I'm referring to the so called "starter" kits that often get linked to from different dealers such as in the OP. Coarse stones in a starter kit are not suited for a noob not only for the reasons already listed but also the extra expense starting out. In addition most sharpeners who advance will end up with a DMT for flattening so another coarse stone is a bit redundant. As far as the frequency...
 The last thing a new sharpener needs is a 400 grit stone no matter who it comes from or what brand it is. The combo stone from Jon would be a great pick and 1K/6K should carry even an advanced sharpener a very long ways. The stone from Jon is a lot of bang for the buck. I wouldn't even waste time looking beyond that if I was starting over. That stone is all most home cooks would ever need and even for a professional Chef it would be a mighty handy combo stone.   Dave
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