First off, I'd like to say HI, as this is my first post. Hope I am in the right spot for this question....
Basically, I bought myself a set of Shun knives, (got three of them on sale for great price, added the 7 piece set, which included a block)
My current set includes....
8" Classic HG Chef's
7" Classic HG Santoku
6" Classic Ultimate utility
6" Classic serrated utility
4" Classic perfect paring
4" Classic Paring
4" Classic Santoku HG
I am in no way unhappy with the Shun's... In fact it is my first "real" knife set, and I am not at all unhappy with my Shun's. So far, I have been very impressed by how sharp they are. I am a knife nut, and just want to add something interesting and different to this collection...
I'll fill out the form as best I can, and add my thoughts at the end... For what I'm looking for....
What type of knife(s) do you think you want? Japanese style, all purpose (Wa-Gyuto)
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing? just because, maybe trying 10"
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Ease of Use-
So far so good, for all the above...
What grip do you use? Pinch, it's all I know, still learning.
What kind of cutting motion do you use? the type that cuts through what I'm cutting.... lol probably chop/slicing
Where do you store them? Wood block
Have you ever oiled a handle? sounds like a personal question... <grin> No, I have never
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? Kroger bought Bamboo
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? Honing rod that came with the set... still learning other techniques, ie. stropping with a piece of leather... (also seen newspaper, and 8000grit stone
Have they ever been sharpened? I stopped my chef's knife with old leather belt a couple swipes...
What is your budget? willing to send up to $500-$600 for the right knife
What do you cook and how often? cook just about anything.. everyday for the family (stay at home dad)
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? Japanese style, really nice handle, maybe damascus steel (but, don't know much about it, yet)
Ok, here's what brought me here... I had been close to buying one of Murray Carter's knives, but couldn't bring myself to hit the "add to basket" button, without first searching for better options. I found this site... searched "Murray Carter" and found out, basically, there are better knives out there, for much less.... Admittedly, I like what I've seen from MC, mostly from his videos, he seems like he knows what he's doing. Anyone who takes the time to help/teach others with the same interest, is something I find admirable. And, so far, MC really puts his stuff out there.
Just from the day I spent looking around this site, I have found no less than 10 other knives I'm interested in... Some plain, some ornate, and some just plain cool looking.
Anywho.. I've rambled on enough... I know better than to ask, "what is the best" because it simply doesn't exist... everyone will like a particular type/build/builder's knife, for one reason or another... Me, I'm just asking for something I can add to my Shuns. And, you may be thinking... but, wait, you have a nice set of knives, try them, and see what happens.. To that, I answer... I have at least 30 folding knives, mostly cheapos, but 4 or 5 custom, and I like each knife for a different reason, and use them for different things... So, by adding a knife or two, to my collection, I may just find one knife I like to use 80% of the time, and my Shuns, the other 20% or so...
I hope all that made sense. Also, I am not opposed to a used knife, so long as it is in good condition. I'm looking forward to learning many things from this site...
Thank you in advance, for any help...
PS. sorry for the long thread... I hope it is easy enough to read...