Im looking for some advice on upgrading to my first decent set of knives. Ive spent the last few nights reading quite extensively and have come to realise that there is just too much to absorb and it seem like trying to research "whats the best wine". Im hoping that i can get some feedback on what i should be looking at based on the following criteria.
Pice - not a big issue, i like having the "best" having said that ~$300 per knife is roughly were i am at.
Blade Type - I dont have experience with non stainless knives and dont want anything that requires extensive maintenance, however i want something that can really hold an edge. I will be the only person using these knives so right handed is fine.
Sharpening - I have very mininal sharpening experience. Id like a set of knives i can use relatively heavily (for home use, every day) and send of for professional sharpening 6 monthly or annualy.
Handle Type - I like wa handles preferably rounded or D shape.
Blade Look - Im some what vain and really do like the damascus, san mai and the beaten designs, purely from a looks standpoint, though i understand that on a purist level these things might "damped" the feel of the knife.
Blade Style - I like the idea of using traditional Japanese style blades and learning their associated techniques but would like advice based on the following...I do a lot of fish filleting, seconded by chopping vegies and slicing meats. I currently use a set of Analon knives which are cheap generic style knives. I so either which way i guess i will need to adjust to any new set of knives and techniques.
Location - I live in Australia and i am some what limited in my ability and access of a decent store to get to feel knives so will be buying sight unseen and will rely solely on advice and what i can read up on.
Quanitity - Id be looking at starting of with 3-4 knives as needed in addition to a steel, and once again due to my vanity, i require them to be all the same brand.
Thanks in advance for any help and advice. It will all be greatly apreciated.