Hi, I'm 28 and love to cook. However, my knife skills were lacking and my knives are even worse. Lately I've decided to get serious about it and I want to purchase my first Gyuto. I also intend to learn to sharpen with whetstones. I have a budget of about $300 tops for the knife.
When I was first looking for a new knife I got trapped by the prettiness of Shun knives and saw a Shun Fuji 6" on clearance for $199. But, I decided that 6" was too short and I feel that the Shuns are overpriced. I don't really need a pretty knife either. I just want something that performs and is finely crafted. If it looks nice too that is just a bonus. I was thinking about just starting with a Tojiro DP but, I feel like I want to invest in something nicer (I've read that the Tojiro is a great knife for the money). However, I don't know what would be the perfect knife for me is. Do any of you guys have any suggestions? Carbon or stainless? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!