Hi Everyone! So glad I've found this place and you guys. I've been overwhelmed by so many choices of kitchen knives in the knife world! So, I really need everyone's help in recommending me some good knifes for my needs. Thank you everyone so much in advance!
What type of knife(s) do you think you want?
A gyuto and A pairing
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing?
Replacing my no-name 8" chef knife bought from a dollar store. I'm getting more serious in cooking now.
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Aesthetics- I'm indifferent for damascus patterns (it's nice though), but want to have a knife that has good f&f.
Edge Quality/Retention- I haven't sharpened a knife on a waterstone before and plan to send my knives to a professional sharpener. So edge quality and retention are important to me.
Ease of Use- Hmm...no idea here.
Comfort-I want a knife that is comfortable to use.
What grip do you use?
What kind of cutting motion do you use?
I use different motions.
Where do you store them?
A bamboo knife rack.
Have you ever oiled a handle?
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use?
Ikea plastic board. I'm opened for suggestion and am thinking about Sani-tuff.
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing?
I just bought a 1200 grit ceramic rod.
Have they ever been sharpened?
What is your budget?
CAD200-250...May be able to stretch but if I can stay in my budget that would be great.
What do you cook and how often?
I plan to do stew, stir-fried veggie + meat, soup, steak, rice. I plan to cook once a week and eat what I cook during weekdays.
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)?
Live in Canada, but am happy to buy from anywhere as long as the shipping expense/duties/taxes are not too high.
Please help recommend what size of Gyuto and Pairing I should get.
I have done some research and have been looking at:
JCK Kagayaki AS
Ryusen Tsushime Damascus
I think that I will use a gyuto more so I can somewhat get a cheaper pairing knife? Is my logic right?
Thanks so much again everyone for your time and help!!!