LOCATION: AZ, USA
interested in: chef’s knife; Gyuto
handle: Interested in Japanese style, but no experience with it
length: Probably around 8". While I am 6'5", my girlfriend is 5'1". Would like it to be manageable/comfortable for both of us
stainless? Would prefer low maintenance, doesn't have to be SS.
Budget: MAX of $200. Would prefer to stay in the sub $150 range though.
environment: Home use
intended use: All purpose knife. Doesn't have to be perfect at everything, but serviceable as I pick other additions. Trying to move away from the 10 knife block and keep it more simple.
replacing: Henckel Pro S set. Will still have and use them, but would like them to take a back seat.
Grip: primarily hammer, occasional pinch grip (not very comfortable with it, hand feels cramped on the board at times)
cutting motion: pushcut, rocking motion, walking,slice, chop. Little bit of everything.
What improvements do you want from your current knife? overall improvement over what I have. harder, sharper, thinner... better. Doesn't have to be the greatest, just something different.
aesthetics: not essential but bonus points for something unique whether it be demascus, or an unfinished look. Mostly looking for function though.
Comfort: Looking for something lighter, sharper, and capable of working for both a semi-large and a small hand. the gf does not like the heft of the 8" Henckel.
Ease of Use: Obviously it is preferred to be hassle free but will to learn how to improve. At the very least it should be serviceable OOTB. Would prefer it to be low/below-average mainteance with respect to food reactoin.
Edge Retention: Continuing with the beginner friendly theme, the less expert knowledge/experience requirement the better.
cutting board: Mostly Epiccurean cutting boards, have a wood one too. If not the best option, open to getting something else.
Do you sharpen your own knives? Kinda. Have had a local chef knife store sharpen them, but I will touch them up on steel. Willing to get a stone for maintenance.
interested in learning? Yes
interested in purchasing sharpening stuff? open to it.
I am looking for something that is a jack of all trades. I've looked up so many recommendations from threads on here but I am going dizzy trying to pick out the brands/steels/handles/etc. I want something that will be a great intro to something different and improved. If that requires a bit of babying or more technique we are willing to take the time. BUt we don't cook religiously. When we do we want to be using quality items. I've probably looked at 20-30 brands based on many many threads on here but I'd like to see what people recommend without me mentioning anything. Please keep the buget in mind, I have other hobbies that require funding too! I have a fairly healthy cigar and liquor backlog.
I haven't been trolling the site long but have been on the fence over getting a new knife since I found a local shop. Wound up buying a knife to give as a gift. Nothing phenomenal but budget friendly and certainly an improvement for the recipient. I think it was the Kanetsune Meisho 165mm Santoku. I started entertaining that for us and this is where the rabbit hole led. I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance for the help!