Hi all, I'm new here, and I hope I don't come across as being rude that my first post is asking for help.
I'm a chef and I'm looking to buy a set of knives to work with. I own a set of cheap knives that I keep in the house. They are kept pretty sharp (just with a steel), partly due to limited use, but I know they would never withstand the rigours of a professional kitchen.
I have done a bit of looking around and have spotted a set that I rather like the look of, the Kai Shun DMS-300. Are the aforementioned a good standard of knife, or are there better available in that price range? I have gone ahead and filled out the form from the sticky thread.
As I say, your help is very much appreciated. Thanks for your time.
What type of knife(s) do you think you want? A small (i.e. 3-piece) set of very good quality knives.
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing? First set, to be used in a professional kitchen.
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
I own no high quality knives, so I'll answer this as my 'ideal set of knives would be...'
Aesthetics- I like the look of folded steel
Edge Quality/Retention- Extremely high preferrably
Ease of Use- I can learn to use any knife, especially if it is of good enough quality to last a lifetime ;)
Comfort- Would need to be rather high given constant use. I find Globals very uncomfortable
What grip do you use? I have no real preferrance, other than 'not Globals'.
What kind of cutting motion do you use? Depends on what I'm cutting.
Where do you store them? Ideally they will come with a case.
Have you ever oiled a handle? No
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? Colour coded plastic chopping boards.
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? A steel, but I am open to being taught the error of my ways if that is wrong.
Have they ever been sharpened? Only steel
What is your budget? £250, can perhaps stretch to £300
What do you cook and how often? Everything and I never seem to stop ;)
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? None, although as I say, I love the look of folded steel.