What would you do with $500 if you had no knives
Trying not to hi-jack a thread with something I find really interesting. If you had $500 and no knives, what would you buy. Lots of threads, quite rightly, focus on what's best for the person asking the question. It'd be interesting to know what you'd buy.
I'd go for a DT 270 wa ITK
Forschner paring, bread, boning and a cheap deba with the leftover
What would you buy? I'm purposely ignoring sharpening and boards, though a $200 sharpening kit would also be really interesting
convince somebody to sell me a 300mm hiromoto wa sujihiki
CarboNext 27cm gyuto, 24cm sujihiki and 15cm petty, with sayas.
$500 budget from scratch, huh?
Hmm... Assuming I couldn't get anything second-hand:
Tanaka blue KU 165 deba - dirt cheap, great bang for the buck
Yoshihiro white 270 yanagi - haven't had one yet, but I think this would be a good, reasonably-priced choice
Konosuke white 240 gyuto - been using a 270, but to save some $ I think the 240 would still be great
CCK cleaver - I'd get a kick-ass cleaver to use, but that'd blow most of the $500 budget in one go
I think this would be a good lineup, should fit in the $500 budget, and I would still be pretty happy in the kitchen. An extra $100 in the budget and I'd probably swap the CCK & Konosuke for a single Takeda, probably the kiritsuke-gyuto.
I'd use it to fund supplies to make 10 of my own.
If forced to buy knives....a 270mm DT wa handled ITK knife, a 3.5" Shun Classic paring knife, and the Mac bread knife. Slightly over budget, but close enough.
KonHD 270 gyuto, Ashi150 stainless petty, cheap heavy chinese cleaver
240 Kikuichi TKC/CarboNEXT, Heiji 150 semistainless petty, cheap heavy chinese cleaver
Yep. I don't have experience with the carbonext knives, but the tkc steel. Best bang for the money. I think it is one of the best steels for western styled Japanese knives other than high priced exotic stainless. I would substitute a 270 suji for the 240.
Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger
If I worked in a pro kitchen: Shigefusa 240 Guyto (just one knife)
In a home kitchen: DT ITK 240, Fujiwara 120 petty, Torjo Breadknife
I would take $450 and offer it to Dave M's UPS driver so he could take a week of vacation. Then I would use the remaining $50 to buy a UPS uniform.
I'm pretty sure I would be abale to build out a decent knife collection for that $500...
If my house burned down and someone gave me $500, I'd buy 3' of cpm154, 8 board feet of walnut, a rare earth magnet, brass rods, epoxy and glue, and a few belts. I'd go to my dad's house(cause my tools are gone, right?), and come out a week later with matching Gyuto, parer, slicer, veg knife, magnet rack, and board.
*edit* I take it back, I like Wildboar's idea. Except I'd just wear all black. I won't mess with the UPS.