I was wondering if I could get some guidance on picking my first Japanese chef knife. I've had a good old read through these threads so am aware you might be sick of questions like this so a huge thank you to whoever might reply. I'm hoping Mr BDL might chime in at some point!
So. This will be my first 'proper' knife having just moved out of a shared house where things tend get abused. I've wanted one for a long time and now the time is right.
This is what I'm looking for, I'll narrow down as much as I can:
1. A Japanese 8" chefs knive/Gyutou (it does have to be Japanese. It's what my heart is set on)
2. Something that will last a long amount of time. I'd love a 'knife for life'. Budget could be up to £130
3. As you can see, I am based in the UK. Lots of other exciting knives I've heard of here seem to be unavailable to me and I'm wary about import duty/tax etc
4. I'm happy to go either stainless steel or the more fussy route of carbon. I'm not immediately planning on learning how to sharpen myself, I will be using a sharpening service as and when needed. Obviously I'll learn how to hone
5. The knife will be just for home cooking. I have a Chinese cleaver for anything heavy duty
6. I wish it wasn't important to me but I'd really like something that looks beautiful if it's going to be in my hand for years to come
I've been looking at the Shun classic (first ones I knew about as my brother owns some, and are readily available to the UK).
The others are:
The Miyabi Kaizen, but a little over my budget at £149 (the only place I've seen them in for UK)
The Masakage Yuki 210, looks great and is apparently very nice but is out of stock at the only UK dear I've found. There is a 7" version but I'm worried that all important inch will make this too small: https://cuttingedgeknives.co.uk/brands/masakage/yuki/gyuto-7-180mm
The Masamoto VG 210. I've read that this knife is awesome but it just looks so standard. Again, I wish this didn't put me off but it just does.
I hope that's enough info. My head is swimming with the options. Are there any others out there available to the UK that fit the bill?