I recently found this site and I am excited to have joined. I didn't know there were so many people that liked knives, but it great to be a part of it. I live in Houston,TX and I'm a food lover and knife enthusiast. Looking to get some new knives and trying to avoid getting a "set" from the stores. Ever since I bought my Hattori HD gyuto from JCK as a gift to myself, I've been hooked on getting more japanese knives to complete my set.
Can't say I'm a collector, since I haven't really spent a whole in amassing alot of knives, but I do want to buy some nicer knives to use in my kitchen. Part of my wonders if I need/should spend so much money on some of these knives I've seen (although my mouth waters when I look at them), but I've been served fairly well by a $70 set of Farberware that has lasted over 10 years. Just hit them with a steel before I use them and put a stone on them ever so often and they've stayed sharp and served their purpose. Then when I got my Hattori, I felt a real difference and part of me wonders if that is the way with many of the other nicer knives out there that I've seen.
Not sure if any of you out there feel the same way, but I feel bad about tossing out my old set--sort of attached to them even though all the years and meals they've help me through--but I don't know what to do with them either.
Well, looking forwards getting to know some people here and learning more and deciding on what to get next!