Oddly, I've never wanted more than the essentials. Yeah, I might purchase the odd "fun" knife to have around once in a while, but it eventually gets sold or given away. I have a couple chef's knives, couple paring knives, a solid bread knife and that's it. If one moves in, one moves out. I dread the idea of having 10 different knives for 10 different tasks--the beauty in the chef's knife is its versatility. For anything else it's paring. I sold off my slicers and petty/utility knives. I have a few butcher knives that I love, but they are never used in the kitchen hence they don't live there. Beyond that I have a nice end-grain cutting board and couple stones and that's it.
The only knife I am considering adding to the collection is a carving knife set for table-side presentation. Superfluous, I know.
But I totally understand the "disease" and I'm always happy to ooogle over other people's collection here on KKFs.
This is the same reasoning that I use for having 10 gyutos!I dread the idea of having 10 different knives for 10 different tasks--the beauty in the chef's knife is its versatility.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
I've been in the process of level setting my collection too. These days I'm only keeping knives that i reach for and have sold off things that I thought would be hierloms. Konosuke, takeda...
My collection consist of mostly stainless knives these days. I've limited my Gyuto collection to Four but another one is coming:
250mm DT ITK AEBL
233mm Yusuke Sakai (Swedish Stainless, Extra Hard, Extra Flat, 2.8 Spine)
233mm Yusuke Sakai (White #2, Special Thin, standard geometry, 1.6 Spine)
200mm Yusuke Sakai (Swedish Stainless, Extra Hard, Extra Flat, 2.8 Spine)
220MM DT ITK AEBL (on waiting list)
These are Gyutos that I mostly grab for these days but I'm pretty satisfied with the range they give me.
One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.
I just went through a buying binge myself, Im just not putting in any more custom orders this next year, once everything gets delivered im done for a while. ... see I can stop whenever I want ....