This is a longtime pet project of mine, as I'd like to learn the decorative knife skills that made my dead grandfather famous (Fujian style, he was scouted to Japan).
I've tried to learn for years, but been stuck with $1 crap from Safeway (what mom had). I couldn't justify a $140 powdered steel Artisan paring knife from Japan woodworker, but couldn't find another that "feels" right.
I'm at the point where I'm ready to just make my own "perfect" paring knife. I have prewar molybdenum paring blades from the F Herder (couteau d'office, exceedingly thin blades). I have desert ironwood, ebony, walnut, and Brazilian rosewood (I dabble with building guitars).
However, I've never had a decent paring knife.
Is there any one that you'd recommend?
Alternatively, is there a cheap one with a great handle that you like?
I'm aiming for the best "feel" for one with French technique.
I'd especially love BDL's thoughts.