Used knives are great--I buy and sell often actually! You can buy them for less than they cost new, therefore getting more for your money. I think someone suggested posting in b/s/t wanting to buy. If you look you will notice that many wanting to buy posts are very successful, you may even wind up being able to afford a 210 gyuto which would be an awesome knife to learn to use as well as sharpen. You can often get your money back by reselling the knife (minus the cost of shipping) allowing you to try a few options at your leisure to see what you really like.