I've been looking over many of the recommendations on this forum, and am having a hard time landing on one. First, let me describe the reason for buying, as well as some of the priorities.
This is to be a gift for my wife. It's certainly a luxury item, meant to be sentimental as well as high performing. Because of this, the knife having a good appearance is of value. For instance, my front runner for pure performance has been (so far) the Konosuke HD wa-gyuto. Certainly it is a well reviewed knife and great performer. However, it's a pretty standard look and not that striking compared to many others out there. I know it is hard to presume taste when it comes to appearance, but I am looking for some alternatives. What I would be looking for is something similar, but with a more interesting look. This usually ends up introducing the damascus style patterns, etc.
Aside from the looks, the basics of what I'm looking for:
Semi-stainless or stainless
Approx $300 or less budget
As I'm sure it will come up, I do know how to sharpen moderately well with waterstones. I'll be working to improve that over the next 4-5 months as well. That said, if it's not absurdly hard to sharpen, all the better since I'll be the one handling that part of the blade care.
I am leaning towards the "laser" style as well because we already have a work horse knife that gets the job done. The ultra thin style seems like it would be more fun - and since I want the experience (both looks and function) to be great, it seemed like a good choice! Is "fun" a factor for a knife? It should be!
Edited by random - 8/16/13 at 1:30pm