I really enjoy the feel of the Blazen, the balance is just right and the geometry/shape inspires confidence as if it's an extension of your hand. There isn't much I would change about the Blazen... (except for the slight issue of burr retention)
Personally I didn't enjoy the feel of the Shun D-handles and the prototypical western amount of belly (blade curvature).
I would say that in the realm of stainless western gyutos you really can't go wrong with any of these: Blazen, Ikeda, Ichimonji-Mitsuhide, or Misono UX10
Edit: Matt, would you might measuring how tall the Ikeda 240mm gyuto is? (Heel to spine please)
Edited by fleetparadox on 06-02-08 14:10.16. Reason for edit: No reason given.