I have been reading a lot and it's hard to make a final decision about the exact knives to choose. As background, I have a $65 set of Chicago Cutlerly knives right now that are better than anything my family's had, and they're 7 years old and have never been sharpened, used on plastic boards. I mainly use a 5" santoku because the bigger one is a lot thicker and wedges. This is too short and I want to upgrade to a good setup. I'd say decent knife skills for an uninformed person using a 5" knife, haha. Definitely beginner since I've never used a real chef's knife though. I want whatever will best fit my needs, within reason, rather than trying to save $30-40 here and there and compromising some quality.
I'm leaning towards stainless, not because I wouldn't take care of a carbon blade, I just don't like the patina. Some examples make it look old and uncared for.
240mm Gyuto - looking for all around use, medium duty without being too thick
- Mac Pro: This looks like a great knife and I'm leaning towards it right now I think. I'm a little worried it will be too thick/heavy duty, but that's probably unsubstantiated.
-Masamoto VG: It looks like the only advantage it has over the Mac is profile, which I don't have enough experience with to know the difference in use. Otherwise it's a little more whippy, not sure if it's too much.
-Konosuke HD: Looks great, but may be too much of a laser for all purpose solo use.
-Richmond Ultimatum: Another good one, but may be too heavy and heavy duty?
120-150mm petty: I'm leaning towards 120, but i'd be open to 150 if that's the consensus. 150 is already longer than the "chef's" knife I've been using.
Mac pro: not as many posts on petty's, but this seems like a good one
Bread knife: Mac superior
Steak Knives: lots of posts saying don't waste money since they'll be cutting on plates, but not many suggestions. What's a good cheaper set of serrated ones?
-Boardsmith: seem like the best, but every expensive for a piece of wood. $203 shipped for a 16x22 maple. Any cheaper lifetime board?
-Boos: I've seen more posts than I like about them separating and don't seem worth any price savings.
- There is an 18x24x1.5" edge grain for $30 by my on Craigslist I'll probably get either way
- There's a 15" round boos for $95. That seems too small and odd shaped though
-Beston/Bester/Suhiro Rika set. If I want a holder, I could save $10 getting the bigger set with the diamond plate and holder included.
Honing rod: Idahone fine
Probably an angle cube to help learn sharpening
I am open to any other suggestions and anything else I might need. This is just what I've kind of narrowed it down to after the past week or two of research.
Edited by bradthebold - 9/3/14 at 7:22am