Originally Posted by boar_d_laze
Oops. Careless error. Mark will be disappointed but maybe Dave will appreciate the extra business. Or, I could just edit and fix...
May as well share the wealth LOL
Big Stogie I can understand the idea of matching things up symmetrically etc but if you do your missing out on what the other brand or brands are like, and also if you would prefer one over the other.
Since I own both brands, and went through similar comparison you are here about a year ago I can comfortably advise that either the Tojiro DP or Fujiwara FKM will make excellent first Japanese knife purchases.
Though I do not agree with the weight being an issue as the additional sharpness over any heavy knife I have owned (especially after being used a bit) makes up for any weight difference I do understand the need to have a heavier "chopper" western style knife for certain foods, and am actually looking for a good deal on one myself for those odd times when they are a better choice etc.
Also will add to the great info BDL has offered already that the handle on the Tojiro is not as bad as it may sound when your using it as most grips do not include much of the handle, and their smaller knifes though still a bit boxy or maybe better to say more squared off are not as uncomfortable to me as it actually seems to help with grip when wet.
Some things I have learned from owning both of these brands is that I really want to add some higher end Japanese knives to my arsenal as if these are entry level I can not wait to move up, I do not miss my old Henkels Pro S one little bit, you really can get a knife razor sharp and expect it to stay that way for a good while, a sharp thin blade and do some amazing things and do average things with a lot less effort, and that I wish I had found these products sooner as everything about the experience has been positive.
You may want to either scroll down or search for a thread I started about a year ago (titled something like is a Tojiro DP a good entry knife) as I really drove the guys here a little nuts with searching out so much information and making so many comparisons in my attempt to make the right choice. It was a little tough as I was looking more towards value than anything else, and really had no experience with J knives, but there is a ton of information on these brands in that thread.
Lastly just to reinforce what was said already you do want to invest in some waterstones for sharpening the Tojiros and even the Fujiwara as these will produce great results (even though I have messed around with oil stones on the Fuji, and it was OK, but not as good as with the waterstone).
I am confident which ever you decide you will be happy as these both are a good amount of bang for the buck.
Good luck with you decision :)