So I'm thinking of getting a "laser" and stumbled upon the shibata kotetsu gyuto 240mm. It's not a typical gyuto, more like a kiritsuke. I was wondering if there's anyone who has had experience with that particular brand?
Thoughts on Shibata kotetsu gyuto?
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Looks like a good option if stainless laser is what you're after. It has favorable reviews. Thin, R2 clad in stainless. Pretty much thin from heel to tip not much distal taper. HRC 62-63 is not so hard for this type of steel so I expect it is not too chippy. Good price compared to what's out there for R2/SG2. Like 60% the cost of a Tanaka R2.
I would recommend, for any laser, to microbevel the edge.
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There probably are more lasery knives out there but this one feels pretty good.
Just an update for anyone who cares to read it.
I bought the 210mm gyuto since I don't do that much prep work anymore. Prior to that, I was using a hattori FH 240mm. The shibata feels so light & flimsy at the beginning, but after a couple of weeks heavy usage, other knives feel sooo heavy. Been using it for a few months now & that thing doesn't get dull!