I recently decided it was time to buy a new kitchen knife as my 10 year old Sabatier, though still sharpening nicely, is getting a bit chipped and should perhaps be retired to become a general purpose chicken bone chopper/knife to be abusd etc....
I thought it would be straightforward but once I started looking into it I am totally lost. It seems the more you find out, the more you find there is that you don't know. I would love to just be able to go spend £150 (I am in UK) but realistically budget is under £100.
So maybe I can throw myself on your mercy with a few options that I have been looking at, and see what that throws up.
Here is what I have found so far that seem like nice deals...
1. Zwilling JA Henckels Four Star 200mm chef's knife [£49.95 including a pair of scissors & sharpener! This just seems like a great deal.
2. Wusthof Classic 20cm chef's knife [- £60 reduced from £90 in a local store.]
3. Tojiro 210mm gyuto - £55 - pretty sure this is the DP knife F-808?
4. Suisin high carbon steel gyuto - around £75 delivered
5. Togiharu Inox Steel Gyuto - around £85 delivered
6. KC141 180mm Gyuto - £89
7 Zanmai PRA - £59 - seems like I might not love cheap looking plastic handle?
So there you go. Leaning towards the number 6, but also tempted by 1 and 5.
[FYI - I have a japanese whetstone 240/1000]
I generally use a pinch grip if that is relevant.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Especially if any of you are familiar with any of these knives.