While there is a huge wealth of knowledge on these forums, everyone seems so helpful, I was hoping I could get some more personalised advice.
While I title the post my first knife, it may be slightly misleading, because I am not buying my first knife, but it seemed catchy so I thought I would run with it. While I own a very average set of knives, I plan on buying a serious upgrade.
I am looking for a set of knives which I can build up over time (or maybe buy set of). I have a little knowledge about knives but I would very much appreciate any advice anyone could offer and any recommendations. It should be noted, I am from and I currently live in England and I have had trouble finding some of the beautiful Damascus knives I have seen recommended on the forums.
I am looking for a knife that will last me a life time, price isn’t much of a concern but £200 ($300) would probably be the max I would be willing to pay for any one knife. While build quality and sharpness are obviously the main things I am looking for, looks are very important. I prefer the western handle to the Japanese style, although I certainly don’t hate it. I love the look of the Damascus knives, but the main problems I have found is, I can only find Kasumi and Tojiro readily available in the UK. Are they good?
As for German, I have been looking at the carbon steel Wushof Ikon series, I have heard good things and to my tastes they are very aesthetically pleasing, they are also fairly easy to find. Are there any other high quality sets similar to these? My mother owns a set of Sabatier carbon steel knives which I loved cooking with growing up, what would Sabatier’s top of the range knives be?
As for Japanese, my main problem is to find somewhere that sells them. The ones I have been looking at are the MAC Pro, Masamoto VG, Hattori HD (although I can find no sellers anywhere in the UK, do I look to import from Japan?). I don’t have very much experience using Japanese knives, I've used a friend’s Kasumi 17cm nakiri on occasion but I am keen to improve and learn new cutting techniques. The Hattori is the most visually appealing knife I have ever seen, I don’t know if I should cut with it or put it in an art gallery!
I have some limited experience sharpening knives with water stones and have a set of dual sided stones 400/1000 and 3000/8000, while I am far from an expert, I'm gaining confidence and proficiency each time I use them and don’t plan on stopping practice. What do people hone their blades with? I have been recommended to use a leather strop instead of a steel to finish.
If anyone gets through this wall of text and can think of any recommendations for me, I would be very grateful.
Edited by Mindtrix - 5/21/13 at 12:03am