I have been lurking around this forum for a while soaking up all the marvelous advice, but now its time for some advice of my own. I apologise in advance for the slightly jumbled format of this post, there is quite a lot of info to put down and I am doing it almost as I think of it!
I am a hobbyist cook and my current knives are (in order of acquisition)
Cheap Chinese Sabatier knock-off set for £25 (bought for me a while ago as a present
8" Sabatier "V" chef knife
5" Sabatier "V" utility /paring knife
and a few other odds and sods
I would really like a "prestige" knife like a Henckels Pro s or Wusthof Classic just because I can, but I think it would be wasted on me, my skills in using and sharpening a knife are not great. Here in the UK the Henckels and Wusthof mentioned are 3 times the price of the stamped Victorinox knives (price is NOT a deciding factor)
Initially whilst looking around the forum I had decided that it had to be forged knife but then hearing great things about the Victorinox (Forschner) stamped ones I think that these would be more suitable to me. And from what I gather here they would be way better than what I currently have.
Are there any other brands I should be considering?
I intend to get some whetstones and practice my technique on the old knives. My current thoughts are to get something like a 1000 and 5000 grit. Would this be a good start for most types of knives? I think it leaves plenty of scope to grow as I become more proficient.
I have found this dual stone on amazon manufacturers ASIN: B003ASDAGU part number: KCMCWHET by masterclass it says 400/1000 grit is that using the JIS system or FEPA? I assume for such a cheap stone it is the JIS rating and thus only for repairing badly worn knives?
Would that be suitable to match the Victorinox or should I get something better to grow into?
Then there is the question of steel, I cant find any decent source of steel here maybe Im looking in the wrong places but again would something like the Wusthof wus-4461 be adequate?
On a side note I have found a bargain deal on Wusthof knives however the offer is either a mistake or to good to be true (it is 30% cheaper than the same set any where else I have looked), also the website doesnt look very professional ...
Thanks in advance for the help
PS here is a good conversion table for JIS and FEPA grain sizes
Since originally posting I have found a website selling all types of Naniwa stones at affordable prices in the UK.
What is the difference between the Naniwa Work Stones and the Super Stones, all I can gain from the website is that they are harder and do not require soaking. However the 1000/3000 Work Stone for £25 seems like a good solution to me.
The other option would be to get 2 Super Stones a 1000 and either a 3000 or 5000 (however I think that 5000 might be overkill for me)
Edited by char1iecha1k - 11/25/11 at 2:00am