How goes it?
My name's Josh, and I love kitchen knives. In more ways than I should, perhaps, but meh.
I've spent 5 years of my life in commercial kitchens (2.5 in a bakery, 2.5 as a line cook for a restaurant that thought it was fine dining - but wasn't), and while now I work at home with a computer, I still cook constantly for friends and family.
I will say that after reading around the forum a bit, I'm TOTALLY in the company of my superiors as far as knife knowledge. While I have a collection of chefs knives I got from friends and family, my go-to chefs knife is a no-name steel heavy blade that my old head chef gifted me. Sentimental value, and it's what I used in my last pro-kitchen 90% of the time, so it just feels right.
Half hesitant to add this part (as other knife enthusiasts sometimes react badly to it), but it's a part of me, and involves kitchen knives, so in the name of full disclosure... While that no-name chefs knife is my favorite blade in the kitchen, outside of the kitchen I've become fairly well known for my OTHER favorite blades, a pair of 9-inch serrated offsets that my friends and I "juggle", and play catch with.
If you're not easily freaked out, we were recently featured on a clip show on SyFy for shoving our none-offset serrated pair into a cannon, aiming them at a mortar trajectory, and then standing where they land to catch them. They put it on Hulu. Fair warning, you also shouldn't watch this if Brooke Hogan freaks you out. I know she has that effect on some. http://www.hulu.com/watch/370643#s-p1-sr-i1
I'm the fat one with the beard.
Anywho, it's nice to meet you folks. Even though I don't work in a kitchen anymore, I cook a LOT, and have recently gotten into the idea of expanding my collection of blades. So, I look forward to asking you all tons of noobish questions as to which brands are better, and the like.