I'm not a chef (or a good home cook), but I'm looking for a good knife for myself, as I have become hooked on having a good sharp knife, after I got a Spyderco sharpmaker (w/ diamond & ultrafine rods as well).
Just do small easy tasks in the kitchen - primarly cutting meat and vegetables.
I have just been using a western style 8in chef's knife (semi-cheap? gift - Sarek Duka X50CrMoV15), and a cheap 7in santoku.
I like both these knifes, the Chef's knife because it's longer and feels sturdier (heavier), and the santoku because it is light and for some reason it takes on a sharper edge (both done with the sharpmaker).
I would like to buy myself a nice high quality gyuto 240mm knife for christmas.
Also, I have some friends and parents who might get some knives as presents as well - probably a basic set with Chef's knife and a bread knife, and perhaps a smaller petty.
Thinking of both something in the lower price range (all victornox), and something a little bit more expencive to get a really good chefs knife.
But I do not expect my friends & family to take good care of them, I will probably just be picking them up once a year for sharpening..
I have been reading alot on knives the last week, trying to find some good knives that are great + good value, and feel that I have narrowed all the choices to this shopping list (but not shure about how many or expencive gifts I'll buy):
This now seems the most likely shoppinglist (still not shure about the gifts though):
- Hattori FH 240mm
- Fujiwara FKM Petty 150mm
- Fujiwara FKM 210mm (gift)
- Idahone 12" (perhaps 2x for gift?)
- Tojiro bread knife (for myself + gift?)
- Wicked edge pro set (perhaps later)
- ? 2 nice stones to start with or instead of wicked edge + Leather strop of some kind.. (which ones? buy where?)
- ? Victorinox bread knife (gift? with a FKM)
- ? Victorinox 4-pc (gift?)
- ? Tojiro DP 2-pc start knife set, 100usd, including 3.5-inch Paring & 8.25-inch Chef's Knife (together withe Tojiro bread knife would be a good uniform looking set).
Are the Tojiro DP's not recommended? 2-piece kit for 99 usd seems like a very good deal, but I've read something about the blade shape that's not that good (and it seems the small one is not curved, which I guess I would like for a small/petty knife).
As for stones (or EP), I would'nt mind learning (I love spending time sharpening to get amazing results), but at the same time, would I risk doing a bad job on my new gyuoto? (of course I could practise on some old knives, but still..). But which stone(s) whould you recommend, that can be bought at the same shop as some of the knives (see below)?
Any comments or advise, or other suggestions?
Where to order?
I would like to order from not too many stores, due to extra shipping costs (and the time to place the extra orders).
Starting at ck tg as they have some of the knives, and the idahone (which I can't find for example at Cutleryandmore), but the problem is they won't ship Tojiro outside US, don't have the FKM 210 (gift) in stock, don't have the wicked edge pro 1 in the selection (well it is also out of stock from wickededge directly),
Cutleryandmore have Tojiro and Victorinox (not decided for gifts yet) at good prices. No Idahone, but they have the Black MAC which is a bit more expencive.
JapaneseChefKnives have the Hattori FH (does anyone else?) and Fujiwara FKMs.