Hi all- I'm looking for some help finding a knife to buy myself as a celebratory gift. I've been working on my knife skills with a Forschner Fibrox and am looking to step up a couple notches; I'd probably still consider myself a beginner. My budget is $150-$225 (somewhat flexible). I think I'd prefer a wa-gyuto, as I am partial to the Japanese-style handles, from messing around with the options in the few brick-and-mortar outlets nearby. I'd prefer a 240mm/~9" knife, or maybe a bit longer. I'm looking for something that is a little heftier than a laser, as I think I'd get paranoid about cutting anything heftier than a tomato with a knife that thin (I tend to baby my toys). Aesthetics and fit/finish are somewhat important for this purchase, as it'll be sitting on a magnetic rack in plain sight. I'm afraid I don't know as much about profiles as I should; I typically rock a bit so some belly would be nice, I think. I'm open to stainless or carbon; I wash/dry my knife after each use, so I don't think I'd have too much trouble with carbon. From reading/Googling, I think my ideal knife would be a MAC Pro with a Japanese handle and without the MAC logo on the blade (I really don't like the way the MAC logo looks on the blade). That, to the best of my knowledge, does not exist. I am aware that the knife is only as good as the sharpening job; that's a separate issue I'll probably work on in the near future. I have a Spyderco Sharpmaker that I was using on the Forschner; waterstones are probably on my list as one of my next purchases. Does anyone have guidance on specific models I should look at? I've tried poking around on CKTG, Japanese Knife Imports, etc, but I keep getting bogged down in the details, especially when trying to figure out how laser-y a specific knife is. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer, and I'm glad to offer any additional information that might help!