OK guys I'm right handed and mostly prefer lighter blades , loved the takamura r2, still own and use I just fancy a change , never owned a carbon blade , and been looking at around £100-150 range , but cheaper is fine, so I can get into the habit of looking after them. Also why do people force a patina on their knifes, what does this process do , in terms of preventing rust, I always thought you put a light coating of oil, and keep it in its protective case you normally get with them? Also I have my own stone set , so obviously I will be using stones to maintain the knife. I've seen slot of comments about tojiro dp, never used them, and I'd like something that looks more traditional to the Japanese knifes , wooden octagon handles ect. Thanks guys , can't wait to see what you all post.