Tdh , if you’re going to take a trip to JKI, I’d seriously consider picking up a knife along with a stone or two. I’ve never met Jon IRL, but hope to some day. I’ve seen many instances of him “down selling” to match a knife to a user. Especially those who are just starting out. A seller with the highest level of integrity. And his YouTube sharpening vids are a great resource. I also think it’s hard to go wrong with a KNS Tanaka. I have a Ginsanko, which is a great knife, but have heard great things about B#2 as well.