My sister in law is getting married. I'd like to get her a couple of Japanese style knives with western handles.
I've narrowed it down to the following:
Richmond Artifex 240mm gyuto, in AEBL
Richmond Artifex 110mm petty, 12C23 sandvik
Tojiro DP gyuto, 240mm
Tojiro DP petty, 110mm (or 120mm, which ever size they make)
Fujiwara FKM gyuto and petty.
The knives are also going to come with a superfine ceramic honing rod and a magnetic wall mount knife rack.
Her current knives are wal-mart 3 dollar specials, with a *shudder* self sharpening knife block. Any of the above would be an enormous upgrade. She is constantly complaining about her knives, so I want to get her a couple of good value knives that will last her many years.
Which of the above do you think would be best? Are there other knives that would be better value? I don't want to spend more than $200 total. So $150 for two knives, and the remaining going to the wall-mount and ceramic rod.