I recently found a passion for cooking, and ,naturally, I would like to buy my first gyuto for my chopping needs
Please give me advice as to what's good out there.
What type of knife(s) do you think you want?
Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing?
My first real knife. I've been using a victorinox chef's knife
What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
Aesthetics- pretty simple design. not much to say about it
Edge Quality/Retention- decent. Get's kinda dull after a few uses
Ease of Use- Not really sure what to compare it to, but it hasn't been too difficult on me
Comfort- Handle is pretty comfortable
What grip do you use?
What kind of cutting motion do you use?
primarily push cut but I also use the walking technique when I have to mince garlic and some herbs
Where do you store them?
I just have one of those magnetic edge guards and keep it in my drawer, but I will be especially careful with the new knife. I'll probably get a saya with it
Have you ever oiled a handle?
No, but I am not opposed to the idea
What kind of cutting board(s) do you use?
Plastic for chicken and an end-grain maple cutting block for most other things.
For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing?
I was planning on getting a MAC black ceramic honing rod with the new knife. (Not sure if that's the best but I will gladly take recommendations on that as well!)
Have they ever been sharpened?
What is your budget?
250 and under
What do you cook and how often?
I cook a variety of things, but I like to cook stir fry to work on my cutting skills. How often I cook really depends on my class schedule. If I have a week full of exams and papers, I'll just make myself a sandwich.
Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)?
I would prefer a Japanese knife. I'm not really sure about the handle. I've tried western and D shaped handles but not the octagonal ones.
I've been looking the miyabi fusion. A knife reviewer (zknives?) said it was a pretty good knife for the price, but it's gone up since that review. I really like the damascus pattern on the knife but I also recognize that it probably doesn't serve much of a function. I've looked around for a while now but I'm just not sure what's good and what isn't. I would really appreciate your help!!