Looking for a good knife for myself, as I have become hooked on having a good knife, after I got a Spyderco sharpmaker. I hav just been using a western style 8in chef's knife (Sarek Duka X50CrMoV15), and a cheap 7in santoku.
I like both, the Chef's knife because it's longer and feels sturdier (heavier), and the santoku because it is light and for some reason it takes on a sharper edge (both done with the sharpmaker).
I would like to buy myself a nice high quality gyuto 240mm knife for christmas.
Also, I have some friends and parents who might get some knives as presents as well.
Thinking of both something in the lower price range (all victornox), and something a little bit more expencive to get a really good chefs knife.
But I can/will expect my friends & family not to take really good care of them, I will probably just be picking them up once a year for sharpening..
I have been reading alot on knives the last week, trying to find some good knives that are great and good value, and feel that I have narrowed all the choices to this shopping list:
-JCK Hattori FH 240mm 255usd
Also considored Blazen, Hattori HD, Misono UX10, and more.
Perheps also these, as they seem good value to obtain a "complete" set, and also look good and similar:
-Fujiwara FKM Petty 120 or 150 (40-44usd) - which one should I choose?
-Tojiro bread knife 60usd
Option 1, very cheap:
-Victorinox 4-piece fibrox 70usd, containing:
Option 2: Great knives, all the same look:
-Tojiro DP 2-pc start knife set, 100usd, including:
-Tojiro bread knife
Option 3: Most bang for the buck:
-Fujiwara FKM 240mm 75usd
-Victorinox bread knife (8in Fibrox bread knife, 23usd, or 10 in fibrox serrated 28usd??)
Sharpening equipment (as I have understood I shouldn't use the spyderco sharpmaker on japanese knives, especially 70/30 knives):
-JCK Special Combination Whetstone 1000 & 4000, 65usd
-HandAmerica balsa strop set, 86usd:
2 Balsa Strops
1 Micron Diamond Spray 2oz
.25 Micron Diamond Spray 2oz
-Bark Tanned Bovine Magnetic pad
-Idahone 12" Ceramic Rod
EDIT: If the Edge Pro is recommended instead, please give me a hint of which kit/stones I would need.
By the way, I don't mind doing some extra steps of fine sharpening/polishing, that's why I also listed the balsa strop set with the bovine leather to finish.
Sorry about the long post, but perhaps someone has some comments or suggestions before I start ordering?