Exactly. Paying for the OOTB edge seems silly compared to using those funds for stones to create and maintain your own edge.
The CarboNext I got did not have the ES option yet had an excellent OOTB edge on it. Others have had opposite experiences. You are going to need a waterstone
I like the profile of that Shun asian chef's knife. Nice knife for $100 if you ask me.
Is it me, or us that colored mosaic bolster reduclously cool. I hope there's some way we can incorporate something like that Will.