I made a trip to WS today and looked at all of the Shun knives. Guess what, there's yet another one that they didn't tell you about. The Ken Onion Kaji fusion! The 8" KO chef's knife with the SG2 steel core damascus blade!
They were nice enough to bring out a cutting board and a raw potato for me to slice and dice and I tried ALL of the options except the classic, which I already have.
First, let me say that the Meiji was in a class by itself. 2nd, was the KO Kaji Fusion. The others, including the MB were way behind.
Here's what I left the store with;
The Ken Onion series is being discontinued, so get 'em while they're available!
The Kaji Fusion was originally either $450 or $499, not sure which, and I got it for $349.00.