Any suggestions would be appreciated. I began looking at Henckles Zwilling knives as I had thought them to be good knives, but upon further research it seems there are a myriad of higher quality knives to consider. What knives other than a chef's knife and parring would be useful for your average cooking? A bread knife would only be used occassionally, not regularly. Thank you for your assistance!
What type of knife(s) do you think you want? A basic kitchen knife collection, chef's, parring....anything else that you would find useful
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing? My wife and I were recently married and need some kitchen knives. We are replacing a hodge podge of random knives haha
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Aesthetics- not overly important to me as much as function
Edge Quality/Retention- not sharp at all
Ease of Use-difficult as they are older and mostly dull
Comfort-not uncomfortable I would say
What grip do you use? hammer
What kind of cutting motion do you use? slicing, rocking motion, push-cut; depending on what it is I'm cutting
Where do you store them? currenly in a drawer, but anywhere suitable would be fine
Have you ever oiled a handle? no
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? we have two wooden ones, one solid wood, the other has a laminate top
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? I use a honing stone mostly, occassionaly a pull through
Have they ever been sharpened? yes
What is your budget? I would prefer the basic few knives costing $300 or less combined, accessories not included, such as a suitable cutting board, sharpener, or storage unit
What do you cook and how often? A variety of meals, mostly dinners involving meats, fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. We cook on average 5+ times a week
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? Knives that can potentially last us a lifetime,if possible, with a sharp edge. Maintenance is not too much of an issue as we are willing to hand wash, dry, and oil them as needed.