I'm posting here because the "What Knife Should You Buy" sticky/thread is closed.
We've had those questions for some time, and, although it's a good start in my opinion, it seems that some critical questions could be included in order to better assist members, especially new ones, who are looking to buy a new knife.
Currently, these are the questions:
What type of knife(s) do you think you want?
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing?
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Ease of Use-
What grip do you use?
What kind of cutting motion do you use?
Where do you store them?
Have you ever oiled a handle?
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use?
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing?
Have they ever been sharpened?
What is your budget?
What do you cook and how often?
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)?
Follow up questions to these always seem include:
1. What length of knife are you looking for?
2. Western or wa handled knife?
3. Are you right or left handed?
Are there other questions that you think should be included?