I have come to a point in my life where I have decided to enter culinary school within the next year or two, up until this point I have never owned a proper set of knives, nor have I looked into buying them. I have spent the last week reading up about the east vs. west knife debate and I am really liking the sounds of the eastern hybrid styled knives.
This leads me to my next point, I am from a small city in the middle of Manitoba where even in the next largest city there is very little for knive selection to try, or at least in the way of Japanese knives. That being said I have been asking various people I have contact with about their personal choice of knives and why, and I hear the name Victorinox but after reading a bunch of threads on the site I have been leaning towards a set of Korin Togiharu Inox (yesI am aware that they are not stainless but stain-resistant which in turn means the purchase of mineral oil is needed if I am correct), my question lies in the fact that the knives are never mentioned, good nor bad and I am wondering as to why that is.
I am also a large individual and I am wondering how that will come into play with the knives, I am 6' 4.5" with average to slightly above average hands. Will this be deterimental to my purchasing knives online due to the fact the only store I have in this town is a stokes or canadian tire for the way of knives (pitiful I know (half joking)).
Part two of my curiosity stems in the realm of sharpening and I already know which stone I am going to buy, King two sided - #1000 and #6000, but more from the technique side of things I am aware that there are probably tutorials but I am concerned that having never really sharpened knives at all before that this is a durastic step to take. That being said of course I do know how to use a knife for the most part some things I am still working on under the guidance of the executive chef at the restaurant I am working at. I just hesitate that I may be jumping in headlong and not knowing how deep the water is essentially, despite my research into the topic.
So I ask if anyone has any suggestions and/comments I would very interested in hearing them, I appreciate the time taken to respond to this and I know these questions have been asked before but I feel that I would like personal clarification as well just to be safe.