My choice wld be either
1. A William Catheside custom damascus chinese chef's knife to my specs. Damascus knife calls for extra work, knowledge and skill. I have no complaints whatsoever as to his workmanship save for the occassional "happy accident". I have collected his earlier pieces and also the recent ones and noted his development in knife making. Must say that he has a very steep learning curve and he experiments quite a fair bit. His cutting videos is also a reminder of his progress and determination. Come to think of it, which other knife maker makes their own cutting videos for the respective pieces? I must look up this point.
Since the mighty British Pound is high these these, it has to be clobbered in due due course to fit in the price range.
On my bucket list is to go and do the finial assembly and grinding of a knife. This wld be my choice
2, HHH. Million layer damascus. As it wld be a true conversational piece. Literally , you got to put alot of sweat into it. I still admire the 68,000 layer Catcheside Petty
Justin beat me to it for the feather version. Both of us are waiting for either one of us to sell to each other.
$1500? 3 inches from Bob Kramer Not sure he makes a paring knife...
I would buy 75Lb of PM stainless steel. Should be good for about 70 knives. Good ones.
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