I work with Poultry ALOT and I am upgrading my knives right now to more "high end" knives than my previous work set.
I have been using mostly the henckles "Twin Master" series knives mostly. I have been shopping around a lot, there is so many options out there and so many cool designs. until recently I didn't care much for the tools, I always had them around me from my father (he's also a chef) so it was never a issue. I cared more for the art of it, developing a good palet and understanding food in general. But now I no longer have the luxury of all the goodies, I just have my Twin Masters, a good stone and my steal.
because I was using the Twin Masters I have grown to like lighter knives, I find bulsters get in the way a bit for sharpening and I use a pinch hold for most everything so I have been looking more towards the Jap style knives.
I picked up a 7 inch Global santoku to cove the "prep work" for me this is a great knife I don't have any of the issues that people seem to have with it.
I still have my 8 inch Twin master Chef Knife but i'm hoping to replace it with ether a cleaver/chef knife or a left handed Deba for splitting whole chickens in half as well as more agressive tasks. i'm looking for this knife to replace my Chef knife and split the work load with my Santoku.
here's were my problem is, I'm LEFT HANDED first off, and the only Left Handed deba I know of is Global, and although I like this brand a lot the Global knife won't hold up to the heavy work load of going through chicken bones.
so, other than the Global does anyone know of a good Lefty Deba? or a heavy duty Chef knife that can hold up well enough and still hold it's edge? I should also mention that I'm not a fan of the traditional jap style handels...
I was considering buying a cheep Forged Mundial 9 1/2 inch to cover the heavy duty work load of the chickens, and then a nice 8 inch Calphalon Katana chef knife, but then I'm using three knives to replace what a single knife is doing now..
my potential setup that I'm looking into is:
7 inch Santoku : prep
8 inch Deba : Most Tasks (main knife)
8 inch Carver/Slicer : ...Carving/Slicing
3-4 inch utility knife : precision tasks
5-6 inch Petty Knife : small jobs
8 inch Bread Knife : breads
8 inch Fillet knife : Fillet
My MAIN Focus is finding the RIGHT knives to fill my desired setup I'm not looking to spend large amounts of money but If the Deba can be replaced with a Chef Knife that has a great edge and can take the abuse then I'll shell out for it for sure. but I'm looking for advice and I would love to get a Deba.
i was looking at this : http://www.messermeister.com/index.php?act=GetContent&cid=2&pcat=12&prodID=66 but It's not left handed... bummer.