I am new to this site, and still relatively new to to the cooking industry, but I have been searching through a bunch of forum topics to see which new knife I should get. I will briefly give a background of what I do, just in case its relative to what knife is right for me.
I have around 2 years experience in the culinary industry. I work in a pretty small kitchen and since the place is so small we do not have many employees which means I am doing a lot of prep work on multiple stations, cutting meats, vegetables, etc. But my primary prep work is with vegetables. We also work on plastic cutting boards (if that effects the decision any)
I currently have a MAC Pro (Santoku 6.5 inch, riveted). I absolutely love it and use it for pretty much everything. I chose that because I feel like I have more control with a smaller knife then but I do realize that it has its limitations to an 8 inch chefs knife or bigger. I sharpen it with the ceramic wheel sharpener that most MAC vendors sell with the knives. Before that I had some starter Mercer knives. I like the Japanese style knives (like MAC) because i feel that they are really well balanced, razor sharp, and I like how light they are as opposed to other knives like Wusthof. Even the styles of Global seem heavy to me.
I am pretty confident in my knife skills but by no means are they perfect. I do not push cut, and I occasionally rock my knife when i cut herbs. I also use a pinch grip. I do not think I grip too hard but then again I'm not sure. I am also going to invest in getting an Edge Pro Apex sharpener. I have absolutely no experience in sharpening knives but i do want to learn. I am not so confident in my skills in freehand sharpening.
I have been looking at all sorts of Japanese knives and have found myself most interested in:
Konosuke HD (western style grip)
I also have questions about these "laser" style knives. How durable are they? If I lack knife skills is there a possibility that they can break or chip? Are they cutting styles different then that of a MAC pro knife.
I just want a knife that is comfortable, light, and quick. Any help would be greatly appreciated!