When I bought my first set of knives, I didn't really know what I was doing. So about 5-6 years ago I just bought a cheap block of knives from a Sams Club. I've taken good care of them, but I think it is time to upgrade. The knives don't feel great in my hands and the weight seems a little off. They have done me well, but I think it is time to move on. I am looking to get a new chef's knife and will eventually also pick up a pairing knife. Those two are the knives I use most often.
I haven't set out much of a budget because I don't know what to expect, but I know I want to do this right and from what I have read, it seems like I will need some sharpening tools which aren't cheap, unfortunately. Aside from that, I don't really know anything about sharpening knives or what tools to purchase to sharpen them.
These knives will be used daily in a home environment. They will also be cared for meticulously. I've gone to the some stores and held some knives. I seem to prefer Japanese styled, lighter knives and I have no problems buying a knife online.
From looking at the knife holding guides, I do hold a knife properly.
On an 8" vs 10", it seems that many people on the forum prefer a 10". I only have experience with an 8" knife, but am open to using a 10" if they are generally superior. Although a 10" is probably larger than most of my cutting boards.
I really don't have a big preference here. I know I would like to keep it under $200 for the knife and sharpener, if possible, but I don't know how realistic that is. If it isn't I can save up.
I am a pretty blank slate, but function is far more important than form for me. So are there any recommendations?
Lastly, does anyone have good recommendations on where/how to learn to properly sharpen a knife? I know you can ruin a knife through improper care (or lack of) and want to be ready before harming my new purchase.
If anymore information is needed to help with suggestions, please let me know.
Edit: I forgot to mention, a while back I was gifted a 5" Caphalon Katana series santuko which seems to be a pretty nice knife compared to the knives I have, but is far too small for my normal use.
Edited by vas38 - 12/10/10 at 11:10am