This is my opinion on knives I have seen at WS:
- Wusthof grand prix, blade was decent, but the overall tinny little details like fit and finish wasn't upholding my expectations...
- Shun, Looks prettier that still wasn't quite it, I am just being nit picky. =)
- Laguiole, they carry the lowest possible end of that manufacturer.
Now that I think of it they are probably fine knives, but when I held them they didn't scream quality at me for that amount of money. Don't get me wrong I am willing to spend the money but it has to be of outstanding quality.
With that being said... is 600-800 enough to get a excellent quality set?
Additionally, I don't know how to explaint or even describe what I mean by quality, but I will know it when I hold it.
Things that matters to me in order of importance:
- The Steel, good edge retention, all knives need to be sharpened but I wouldn't want to buy one that requires sharpening every week! maybe once a month or every other months.
Keep in mind that I will be using the knife maybe 1hr or so a day if so...
- The Form, good balance, I don't know how to explain this but a balance knife IMHO should feel right in my hand, to a point it would be an extension of my arm and hand.
I am sure that the weight of the knife as nothing to do with the balance of it, if it was design properly and manufactured correctly a balanced knife is a balanced knife!
- The Pretty, I would it the knife to have a great finish, Damascus? Sure why no but it's not a must, as long as the steel of the knife looks good paired with a pretty functional handle with proper fitting we will be good!
- The Set, does the manufacturer make other knives? Like I mentioned before I would like this set to look good, I like nice and neat stuff, same with my tools! I am by no mean a pro nor will I depend on them to make a living... I just want people (myself included) to think I am a pro =) Silly right? But this is part of enjoying cooking! working with nice tools, it might not make my food taste better BUT I will get the satisfaction of cooking with them!
At the end of the day this is what I am looking for. a "set" of knives that meets the previous req, with a price tag of 600-800 containing at least the following item:
- Something similar in size for the greens stuff
- Smaller utility knife
- Small pairing knife
- A block
- Good sharpening tool
I think Global and MAC Pro has such sets... Should I go with them or shop for something better? again, I have a budget up to 800ish to play with and do not mind to spend the money up front!
If I find something that I will feel in love with but 600 only get me the block and 2 or 3 knives so be it! I will save money to get the remaining knives later!
Again I am totally new at this and I have no clue on what I am talking about... But this is what I am looking for.