I'm looking for is a general purpose kitchen knife. I'm not a pro just an enthusiast, so just home use. I really like the Japanese knives, the look, the swordmaking heritage all of that. Im probably looking at a Gyoto or Santoku in the 7 to 8 inch range. I really like the look of damascus so if I could do that in my price range that would be fantastic. I would really like to keep it under 150 and would love to get a stone in there for that too but I know that may not be realistic. As with this knife I will also be trying to learn sharpening on a stone for the first time as wel.
Some of the ones I'm looking at, Ive looked at a lot on japanese chef knife, looks reasonable priced and from what I've read people like them.
The Gekkos on there are the ones I usually look at, hammer forged damascus and the price is right
http://japanesechefsknife.com/SPECIALS.html#Specials top two
There are some Kanetsunes and Tojiros, mainly the DPs, that I've looked at that are in my price range, but its been a while since looking at them.
Ive also seem some ebay sellers selling cheap Tanaka knives. Like jpmetalsmith and 330mate....the numbers look good....handmade, layered forged stainless, HRC of 62-63. I've read a bit about them and apparently the fit and finish isnt always the greatest but the blades themselves are pretty good, but you get what you pay for.
The way I see it is it could be a great practice knife. Im just starting out sharpening so I would feel better about messing up a 60 dollar knife as opposed to a 150 dollar one..though I guess you really can't do much that cant be reversed though...
So any other reccos for something out there or any comments on the ones I've looked at?