Hello, I have been lurking on this forum for a while and reading a lot of the knife reviews trying to figure out the best knife to buy for myself. I did a couple of searches and I did not find any information on this forum about this knife. Based on what I have read here, the Hiromoto knives are very good quality and Mr. Nagao is retired so his stock is limited. Have any of you used the Hiromoto VG-10 Gyuto in the past? What are your thoughts on it? Do you suggest something different that you think might be better for this price range? http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/TenmiJyurakuDamascusSeries.html#Damascus My first choice was the Konosuke HD2 Gyuto Ho 240mm but as some of you might already know, these aren't in stock and won't be for a while. I want to buy a knife as a gift to myself (either a 240mm or a 270mm) and I don't want to say that money is no object but my budget would be around $200 - $500. I would like to purchase the knife this week as I will be traveling and would like to take it with me. Also, when I asked Mark from CNTG about the Konosuke HD2 he suggested that this knife might be a good alternative Kurosaki R2 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kurosaki240.html Thank you for any help or suggestions.