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    What guides you, in purchasing a knife?

    1. I've got see myself using the knife. I don't need much of an excuse, but I at least have to imagine situations where I'd use it.

    2. How much can I stomach to lose? Accidents are going to happen in the kitchen. Three hundred dollars seems to be my sweet spot. More expensive knives will have better fit and finish, handles, and might cut five percent better. I'd always have second thoughts about using an expensive knive.

    3. Trying knives from different makers.

    4. Not taking forum advice, and trying a different knife. When I picked up a Honesuki, the forum wisdom, was there wasn't much use for it. I de-bone a lot of chicken parts, and the Honesuki does a good job. A necessary knife? No, but I found I prefer it over a petty as a general utility knife.

    So what guides your decisions?

    Jay

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    Design. If I can't figure out the design I need from pictures, I will try to find a store I can hold one in. In Texas, that is almost or entirely impossible for quality cutlery.

    I'm a utilitarian guy, and I while I like to be nerdy about steels and materials, and place uber-importance on good HT practices, a great tool is about great design--that is, total consideration for it's use. The best thing about great design is that it is free. It costs no more money to make a knife with less belly or more belly, or a spine that's rounded at the bolster, and squared off at the middle.

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    At this stage, I own or tried out a lot of the highly touted knives we talk about on the forum, aside from custom jobs. I'm still interested in learning but that's slowing down a lot. I guess now, I'm looking for the holy grail. Hopefully, I figure out what that is before Bill or Devin calls me up... Aside from that, the only knives I'm buying are impulse buys that Jon pushes on me, lol. It "helps" that I can hold and gawk at them while he's working me over. So far, every one has been a pretty cool buy in one way or another.

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    I think for a while my decision rule was 'I want one of each.' But I have slowed down considerably after I realized that I am not a collector and I am not a professional. For me, this means that as much as I like the idea of having a great handmade blade from every maker here, I will not appreciate it to it's fullest by using it extensively. And to be honest, I am not even sure I would be able to detect the nuances between some of the blades and steels, especially because I also happen to be a lazy sharpener. Once I realized that, all pressure to buy new knives miraculously fell off me I am really happy with what I have, and my budget limit per knife excludes a lot of the high end customs. I occasionally look for something interesting but could live with not buying a new knife in the next year or two. I may be looking into trading and bartering options a bit more, though.

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    Pro kitchen practicality. I use three knives. Petty, gyuto, and a suji. Buying a new knife is trying to improve on what I already have.

    Pesky

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    Pro kitchen practicality. I use three knives. Petty, gyuto, and a suji. Buying a new knife is trying to improve on what I already have.

    Pesky
    That's the same for me.

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    Usually alcohol is involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybett View Post
    1. I've got see myself using the knife. I don't need much of an excuse, but I at least have to imagine situations where I'd use it.

    3. Trying knives from different makers.
    These are 2 of the biggest factors for me. Then the actual knife I purchase comes down to design; blade shape, steel, grind, handle and material.
    "God sends meat and the devil sends cooks." - Thomas Deloney

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    Quote Originally Posted by FryBoy View Post
    Usually alcohol is involved.
    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    I think for a while my decision rule was 'I want one of each.
    Stefan
    Yup.
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    Usually after I spend a chunk of money on my girlfriend (well, after she spends a chunk of my money) I figure "well, if I'm going to be losing money anyways might as well get something I enjoy) and then order a new knife. Then later I realize this logic doesn't make sense but I forget and do it again later.

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