Hi, I love cooking, but I'm not professional Chef - just home cooking for family, friends and occasional party. I grew up with German knives and never knew anything else. Now I got an offer for a set of brand new Shun classical knives (10" Chef's knife, bread-knife, 4" utility and a ham-slicer, although not sure Japanese know much about ham??) for a ridiculous price that will not make sense to refuse ...however, getting these knifes, I started reading more and more about Japanese knives, and realize that Shun is more of a "mass-market" thing for westerners, rather than a proper Japanese knife. So, I'll probably buy this set, but I don't think I'll be able to sleep peacefully until I buy myself a really good proper Wa-Gyuto. I'd also buy an Edge Pro set, because I don't think my freehand skills on Wusthof knives will be OK to attack a tender Japanese 15-degree blade. What I'm currently looking at, are either 270mm Masamoto KS Wa-Gyuto or 270mm Ikkanshi Tadatuna White II Steel Wa-Gyuto. ...I also really really love the look of Shigefusa Wa Gyuto 270mm Kitaeji - the "damascus" pattern is to die for, but if I understand it is near impossible to get hands on one of those at the moment and the cost is prohibitive to me. I'd go as far as 300-350 USD for a Gyuto... Are my choices OK? Is there any other blade that would be near the quality of Masamoto or Tadatuna but with a damascus pattern like Shigefusa in this price range? ...also, I prefer the octagonal pattern of the handle, but these can be replaced anyway with a custom handle like Stefan Keller's. Any help and advise would be much appreciated! P.S: I am looking at this Tadatuna Gyuto from Takeshi's store, but I'm worried it might not be the "White II" steel? With some knives it clearly says "white II", but with this one it only says "white" - do any of you know if Tadatuna even makes knife that is "white" not "white II" steel? http://yhst-27988581933240.stores.yahoo.net/ikkanshi-tadatuna-wa-gyuto-270mm-white-steel-bl270.html ...I asked Takeshi, and hi's reply was not very convincing: "I think that it is white II steel. Thank you." ...So, he "thinks", but I'd like to be sure.