In December 2004, the Los Angeles Times Food Section had an extensive review of Gyuto knives. I can't find it on their site, but this site has a copy of it:
The article liked four knives, and said this about the Hattori: "Hattori Damascus Gyutou Razor-sharp and perfectly balanced. This knife has a Damascus blade, made of wavy overlapping bands of metal (beautiful, but purely decorative) and a Western-style handle."
From the article, I ended up buying a Hattori 240mm knife. As I've told you, and as I think you now know, Hattori makes superb knives.
Try this site for good prices: http://www.youwantit2.com/INDEX.html
Click on the "Hattori" link
and scroll to the bottom for the kitchen knives. Better prices than World Knives, and fast shipping.
BTW, I just bought this Hattori collector's edition from uwantit2.com: