As a result of some very helpful advice I received in this thread, I purchased a Gesshin Uraku 240mm gyoto as my first Japanese knife a few months ago, and I'm really enjoying it. Despite my declaration in that thread that "I'm not looking for a new hobby or a "starter" knife," well, I'm now thinking that I'd like to also get a true "laser" to experience what an even thinner and lighter blade can do. (This is absolutely the last one, honest!) It seems that the price for guyotos designated as "lasers" begins quite a bit higher than thicker knives, and my budget mandates that I stay on the lower end of the "laser" price range. One obvious candidate is the Richmond Laser in AEBL (stainless is a must for me), but even that is pushing the edges of my budget. So, my questions: (1) are there any other true "lasers" available at or below the price point of the Richmond and if so, how do they compare? and (2) In the opinion of the knowledgeable, will there be a noticeable difference in performance between lasers in this affordable range and my Uraku?