So right now my Chef's knife is a 8" Wusthof grand prix ii and i want to replace with with a better, larger, Chef's knife. I prefer european styled handles and my hand is rather large, laying my hand on a tape measure, the palm width is about 4 3/4 in. My budget while not set in stone is about $300-$350(usd and i am in the USA). I feel like much higher then that and i would probably be too afraid to use it So Knives i'm currently looking at are: Masamoto VG Gyuto 300mm Mac Ult 12 1/2 Chef's knife Mac Pro 10 3/4 Chef's knife Fujiwara Teruyasu 300mm Gyuto Maboroshi So the Mac Ult and Fujiwara Teruyasu where i'm seeing them are a little over budget, but maybe there are deals somewhere for them or if there is a reputable used knife retailer. Maybe I'm just dreaming a little with the Fujiwara Teruyasu as it is a bit over budget. The Mac Pro is a little shorter then i would prefer and i don't see a longer pro series chef knife. The Masamoto VG is right in the budget and length but i have read its a bit flexible and can be punishing if your technique isn't the best, so probably not the best first large chef knife. Any advice?