Hi After spending a few days reading and reviewing knives and getting lossed in knife land. My gf and i decided to come to this forum for help as we found great information on here.
We are looking to invest in a few great quality knives that will last us 20+ years. In our looking around we found we both really desired a japanese knife (or set of a few knives) I will list down some of the items we are looking for and perhaps we could with your help be directed towards what's best for us. i will not ask what is the best knife to buy because after looking around i realized that;s not a fair question. Instead I will list what we are looking for.
1) Japanese Stainless
2) HRC 58-60 (I don't want to go above 60 for fear of too brittle and lower than 58 so it can hold a decent edge
3) looking ideally if possible for something with an edge angle of 16-18 degrees
4) something that will hold an edge for a good amount of time better than your avg henckel/cutco etc
5) we decided we would like to be able to sharpen it ourselves and so therefore something not overly difficult to care for i don't mind putting some time in to take care of a quality knife i would probably still send them out to be pro sharpened every 2-3 years if i had to
6)visually we like a damascus pattern and or Japanese writing on the blade ( i know it's silly but just trying to narrow the search)
7)Black handle (she just loves a black handle haha)
8)also western style blades i guess u call them or shapes (sorry for lack of lingo)
i hope that helps? i tried to be descriptive and not just ask a general question. we are looking to get about 4 knives a Chefs knife, a Santoku, 4-5 inch utility, and pairing knife. we are at home cooks and just want a beautiful and quality Japanese stainless that we can enjoy cooking with for many years to come. kind of hoping to buy once and love forever.
Would really appreciate any recs you guys have here as well. and hope to be guided in the right direction and make the right buy for us.
these knives will be our every day prep knives for chicken, red meat, vegetables, fruits, etc