So here goes. I now am the proud owner of the following knives:
1. Blazen 240 Gyuto (Western handled)
2. Ealy Paring (custom handled)
3. Zakuri 100mm Blue #2 Kurouchi Damascus Utility (amazing little knife)
4. Zakuri Special Order 270mm Aogami Super Kurouchi Yanagiba (wa handled)
1,2, and 4 have all come from the BST thread - thank you all! I still have quite a few of my older knives that I use, including an amusingly large cutco set purchased from brother in-law many years ago, a shun santoku, and a super flexible henkels boning knife.
My question is this - I am looking for a tidy line up of really nice Japanese style kit, and I feel like I am missing one or two knives to fill this out. I am thrilled with all four of these knives. I also recently was given a Gesshin 5000 stone for Christmas, and boy does it cut well. Still working on my sharpening, and having fun with it.
What am I missing from my upgraded lineup? I do not have any single bevels, and am wondering whether a deba is next? Are there any other obvious items the community thinks belong in this kind of lineup? I want to keep my collection compact and constantly in use, and do not want to collect knives to sit unused. If I do decided to get a new knife in a style I already have, I intend to sell my existing one. As always, thanks for your input!