I'm looking into purchasing a set of quality japanese style knives. Now, mind you, I'm just a home cook. No specialist at all...I just enjoy cooking and I can't stand using a set of crappy knives
I was given a shun classic santoku for my birthday a while back and I love it. Works well, fits in my hand nicely, and looks pretty slick. After reading a ton on this forum, it seems as though many of you aren't big fans of shun knives. I've looked into some others that have been suggested (tojiro, mac, misono), but what I've seen doesn't really grab my attention. I'm a visual person. Of course, function is above all, but it's gotta be visually appealing. I'm not gonna go buy a smartcar just because it saves on gas (my sincere apologies to the smartcar owners who read this).
And so, like many others, research wasn't enough...I needed firsthand advice. I've tried to compile my "requirements" below:
Stainless steel - seems like carbon requires more maintenance/upkeep
About the same price range as shuns...less money is always better
Visually appealing - I think I like the shun look because its sort of a middle ground between exotic and plain...enough to look japanese-ish but not quite enough to be purchased directly in japan (I believe it's the handle that gives it this type of look)
Uniformity - I'd like a matching set...this is a low priority though