Hi everyone. This is my first post to the forum and I would be grateful for your advice.
I am wanting to invest in my first set of 'proper' knives. I use the word 'proper' because while I have been a student, I haven't spent much on knives - but that hasn't stopped my love of cooking. Now I am wanting the tools to back up my famous home cooking!
I was looking at a set of Zwillings, however reading these forum threads, it appears that I should consider some other brands!
So here are my answers to the survey. I would love some expert advice!
What type of knife(s) do you think you want? A few - Santoku, Chef's 8.5", Pairing, and boning/filleting knife - am comfortable with a mix of different brands for each!
Why is it being purchased? Replacing my current cheap knife set - nothing of consequence.
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Ease of Use- For a chef's knife, I think I would enjoy using something with a bit of weight behind it
What grip do you use? Hammer grip mostly, but would like to learn to incorporate pinch grip more.
What kind of cutting motion do you use? Push-cut and rock, walk for herbs.
Where do you store them? They will be mounted on a magnetic wall strip
Have you ever oiled a handle? Have never owned a knife with a wooden handle, however I oil my chopping boards.
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? Flat grain and plastic. Will be investing in a nice end grain board though.
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? Honing rod
Have they ever been sharpened? Yes
What is your budget? Looking to spend around $500 AUD for 3-4 knives (If this is an agreeable price range - I have no idea really!)
What do you cook and how often? European style & asian cooking (Mostly meat and vegetable work). Cook for myself/family - home use only (not being used in a commercial situation).
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? Open to options!
If you have any other questions - please just let me know and I will try to answer.
Thanks in advance for all of your replies. I am so very excited to get some good kitchenware for my new kitchen!