I started with a set of Mercer knives when I graduated culinary school years ago. They were decent knives for what they were, but as I gained experience and money for nicer knives I upgraded. My next purchase was a set of Wusthof classic Ikon knives. They were very good knives as well. Then about 5 years ago I bought a Shun Classic Series Santoku and fell in love with Shun knives. I now own several Shun knives. I work as an Executive Sous Chef and I do a lot of veg prep, etc. Needless to say my knives and I get a workout every day.
So, I now am looking to upgrade my knives. As said above, I love Shun knives. I know many on here do not like Shun knives, but I get ~60% discount from Shun. I am not 100% set on buying a new set from Shun however. I have considered knives from Konosuke, Takeda, Saji, and others. I really am just looking to upgrade.
I do like the D shape of Shun handles. Others may not, but it fits my hand nicely and is conformable for me. As for those who say it is not ambidextrous, well I can't cut with my left hand anyhow. I do like japanese style knives over western (German) style. I would like to purchase a Gyuto, a kiritsuke, a Yanagi-ba, and several others. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.