With all the knife threads here, I figured I'd add one more to the mix.
I'm looking at adding a veg knife to my small, but growing collection. I'm looking at spending under $100, maybe a little over that.
I'd rather buy an Usuba, but it seems that Nakiri's are more plentiful and cheaper. So, I may just buy a Nakiri. I've bought from CKtG before and wouldn't hesitate to buy from there again. I'm afraid there will be a very limited (and over budget) selection of knives locally that I can personally wield at WS or SLT. So forget about those. So, looking at CKtG, as far as Usuba's, there's two in my budget.
A Bunmei 7" for $110
A Global 5.5" for $92
I'm not a big fan of the handles on Globals but may still consider it if the blade is considered good. Obviously I could go see this knife in person at one of the local retailers mentioned.
The Nakiris are the big question here, keeping in mind I'd rather buy an Usuba but would be fine with a Nakiri if it's a suitable one. (the reason being is I've used a co-workers Shun Usuba and liked the design)
The handles are not a big concern, I'm used to western handles, but I'd like to add a Wa handle to my collection, but not if it's going to fall off in a few years or get all nasty. I'll be using this in a professional setting.
Dojo Hayashi Nakiri 165mm
MAC Nakiri Knife 6.5"
Regular price: $105.00
Sale price: $84.95
S.Takayuki Damascus Nakiri 160mm
Regular price: $150.00
Sale price: $111.95
Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri 165mm
Tojiro DP Nakiri 165mm
Regular price: $90.00
Sale price: $69.95
(or damascus for $10 more)
Tojiro DP Wa-Nakiri 165mm
Regular price: $89.95
Sale price: $74.95
Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri 165mm
I'm not expecting much from the $50 Tojiro but it has great feedback for the price, so I would consider it even though it's the cheapest. I like Tojiro's, for being a cheap knife, I feel they are a great bargain. I'm particularly curious on feedback on the first four Nakiri's listed. Anybody tried these?
That Global Usuba is probably the only knife that I can handle locally out of the entire bunch.