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.
'The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.' -Henry Ford
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 ....