As a beginner/hobby chef, I am looking to make my first knife purchase. Having done some research, it seems to me that it might be a better option to go with Japanese, however I have never properly sharpened a knife (with stones) myself, so I guess that will be one of the challenges.
So after doing some searching, I identified Masahiro 21cm Chef Knife as one of the choices and Ran Damascus Yaxell 20cm as the top choices. They are both around 120 EUR (156 USD) here in Finland, but I can't seem to make a decision.
Since there isnt a good shop around, I can't really get a chance to test one out and will have to buy online. So this is why the decision is even harder. Does it even matter at this stage? Should I perhaps just get the one I like best visually? Or is there a cut and dry answer? Perhaps I have made the wrong choices?
Thanks in advance, NS