I've been on the hunt for a while now for an amazing steak knife, and not constrained by needing a large set, I'd be happy with ideally just two to no more than four at most. I thought to ask here for any advice or suggestions here before dumping $300 on top shelf Wusthof knives, since I can likely do better if I'm a bit more patient. I dug thru the last 10 pages here, in case something relevant was already available.
I only have two very specific requirements and a few preferences.
1) No serrations at all. I want something I can sharpen myself at home, for the rest of my life, without needing anything more than my Edgepro.
2) Extremely high quality (buy it once and done, cry once sorta thing) sleek design.
I'm not a fan of bonded handles with large logo's, which is what turns me off of even the finer German bonded style knives. And ideally, what I end up with would be very simple, sleek, and extremely well made. Not looking for the big monstrous steak house designs. Actually, I'd even be more inclined to buy something having a stainless steel handle, similar to the Global style steak knives, but without the perforated textured holes for grips on the handles and hopefully a level of quality equal or far exceeding that of the Globals. My problem is, my lengthy search has only turned up serrated or half serrated knives in that realm, and the others look unfortunately cheap and shoddy. I'd prefer high quality solid stainless steel construction.
Ideally, it would just be a simple, sleek, non-serrated, very high quality steak knife (doesn't have to be a large set) that has a solid spine (not like the French Laguiole folding knife appearance) that wouldn't be too visually jarring next to a nice set of flatware. I'm open to any suggestions, even if they are custom knives that would function as a steak knife well. Ideally, under $350 or so if possible. I'd certainly entertain putting a slightly higher budget towards two or three fine custom or hand made knives that would look and function well as steak knives.
Thank you for any help!