stick to stainless if you cant comit to take care of it like a baby. now a steel that is very cool is ZDP-189 witch is stainless powdersteel at 67 or 68 in HRC now that can sound scary cuz normaly this hard steel chips easly but not with this steel. Miyabi 7000mcd use this steel with 132 layers of damascus but thay only got a 8" gyuto.. i paid 250$ NIB got lucky and you might find a good deal to. or even another brand with zdp-189.
I just have a few questions in order to possibly narrow down your choices.
First, do you intend to use this knife for everything, including vegetable prep and chopping chicken bones? Basically, how rough are you with your knives?
Second, do you want a Western handled knife such as the Mac and Hattori, or a Japanese style handled knife such as the Shun? Do you prefer one or the other for more sturdy tasks?
Third, how important is Damascus to you?
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With The knives you mentioned. This would be a good choice.
Call Jon there. He will help you pick and is very helpful.
I prefer wa handles, but to each there own. The ones you mentioned were western handled.
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+1 to Eamon on the Butcher and Baker knives. I think they will suit you very well.
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Chewie's the man.
I will use this knife for most things, except cutting into bones and slicing bread.
I think I prefer a western handle, but I don't mind a rounded wa handle like the Shun.
Damascus isn't that important. I just find it sexy.
Oh, I forgot to add that I am leaning towards the Blazen 270 gyuto.
ZDP-189 is definitely NOT stainless. Any steel will stain eventually, and I have a ZDP-189 pocketknife that I've put through the ringer and it definitely rusts and pits faster than VG-10. If her VG-10 Shun Classic pitted, I guarantee a ZDP-189 will rust even faster.
She has a lot of choices, in knives for her 300 dollar mark.
BTW, you can't go wrong with the Blazen. It is an amazing blade. If your husband leaves it dunked in water, it too will rust or pit.