I've been enjoying using my Konosuke HD (laser) petty but I'm realizing that I really would like to also have something in a similar size (5-7") that is more durable, stainless, and puts up with abuse -- in other words, a petty where:
- I won't cringe when my spouse uses it (she likes to use the shorter knives for everything)
- I can use it for both jointing and breaking chicken without too much worry
- Reasonably inexpensive (under $100 definitely)
- Has a pakkawood or similar handle for ease of cleaning
- Has some knuckle clearance, but isn't as high as a gyuto/chefs knife or so wide that you can't turn it in a cut a little
- No bolster to make sharpening a pain
- Long enough handle (I've got big hands)
I should mention I already have a Forschner semi-flexible straight boning knife that works fine on chicken. It's just a pain to sharpen and isn't as useful for general work. Also, I like the wa handles, but for a knife like this the handle would need to be stabilized wood or pakkawood or plastic so it wouldn't end up soaking up raw chicken juice.
So, maybe a Fujiwara FKM Honesuki? Some other stainless petty? Something else I'm missing?
Thanks for any advice.