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Knife roll was stolen, need suggestions

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Yesterday was a rough day for me...

All my tools... all of them, are gone, stolen from my car. So I need some help with some suggestions.

On the way is a Moritaka KS 250 and was wondering if someone could give me some Saya suggestions. What will fit?. Doesn't need to be extremely fancy
First things first.

I do consider myself a pretty good sharpener with a decent set of stones.

Right handed. Handle style doesn't matter. Carbon or stainless. Push/pull chopping profiles

I will list off the knives that were in my roll, what I liked and didn't like. And If anyone can offer similarly priced replacements. Budget $800

Fujiwara FKH 270 gyuto (prep knife)

Thinned, edge geometry ground to 80/20.
Pros: Go to prep knife. Tough, held a decent edge, flat I liked the elevated tip. cheap.

Cons:super sticky, terribly sticky.

Yoshihiro VG-10 rosewood handle gyuto 210 (used as utility)

Pros: Fit and finish, edge retention

Cons: sharpening. Burr removal, foux damascus (it was a gift)

Richmond 240 extra tall gyuto (line knife)

Pros: I liked the hight, cheap, I didn't care if other people used it.

Cons: fit and finish, edge retention. It was ugly.
Stainless prefered.

Misono dragon 240
I actually have nothing bad to say and will probably buy another one, looking for wa style suggestions around $200

A good small (75cm-110cm) WA petty for around $100

I apologize I am typing this on my phone
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Man, that sucks!  I hate thieves.  If I were in your shoes the first thing I'd do is apparently the first thing you did- get another Moritaka KS. That's such a fantastic knife and I'd be lost without mine.  I haven't used the Kanehide but at the price I wouldn't be afraid to try it.    I'm not sure about a saya as I have a case that obviates the need for one.  Maybe call Mark at CKtG.  He has several different sayas.

HAP40 is an awe inspiring steel.  SRS-15 is also terrific, and I especially like my 240mm Akifusa. IIRC Ikeda makes it and you see it sold under other names, too.  I'd need to replace mine immediately if it was lost.

I would highly recommend the CarboNext line from JCK.  Outstanding stuff but pretty inexpensive.  It's similar to or maybe just a rebranded version of the Kikuichi TKC.  Terrific edge retention, nearly stainless and they take a great edge as well.  It's very easy to sharpen, too- easier than anything I have tried except White and AEB-L.
Yall aren't making it an easy desicion between hap40 and srs-15. I did pick up a the Takamura r2 180. Can't wait.

Mark said he should be able to find a saya that will fit the Moritaka ks.

Also grabbed the richmond 52100 210 gyuto as my a project/line knife. It's so cheap I figured why not. My previous dealings with CKTG have been good, and he'll have it to me in a couple of days.
SRS-15 has very good edge retention but not as good as M390. Supposedly HAP40 holds and edge longer than M390. Still, I love my Akifusa. I expect you'll like the Richmond in 52100. What is it, an Artifex or Ultimatum?
There's also a 240 Kanehide on the cktg closeout page.

If you're having trouble deciding between the Akifusa/Arisan/ikea/Geshin Kagero and the Kohetsu HAP40 consider that: The Akifusa et al has no flat to the profile, just a continuous gentle curve toward the back - the Kohetsu does have some flat, and it's a bit taller also.

That's the thing I most love about my Akifusa- the dead flat edge. Almost no belly at all! It could be a smidge taller but overall the geometry is nearly perfect.
Okay, the Akifusa isn't entirely flat- there's a very small belly.  But it has a very long flat spot from the heel about 75% up towards the tip.

My Ultimatum is M390 but sadly there will probably never be any more.  The steel is hard to get and company that Mark was working with to OEM has gone out of business (Lamson & Goodnow- there was a big flood that did more damage than they could really recover from).
Lamson and Goodnow are not out of business. They have moved to Westfield. So no longer in Shelburne Falls but still in business. The flood prompted a long desired move to a one floor facility.
That's great to hear!
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