I just wanted to post a thank you to everyone that contributes to this forum. I'm a relatively new home cook although I just turned 60. During a recent dinner party my 10 year old Henkel's professional 8:chef's night disappeared, probably accidentally tossed during the clean-up. I had a common set and it's served me well but I'm ready for some new knives. A few years back I bought an 8: Shun Santoku which I loved. Now, I need a new knife as I just can't have a single chef's knife can I?
I spent a few days reading the reviews here and checking out some of the vendor sites I saw referenced. I looked at waterstone sharpening videos after following discussions on different options and techniques. I think I learned more about knives in the last week than I ever thought I'd know.
Yesterday, after dropping a couple of new items onto my Amazon wish list, I received a Shapton Kuromaku #5000 Ceramic stone as a father's day gift. I just checked the tracking and my new Hiromoto AUS-10 Stainless Steel Gyuto 240mm is sitting in a Los Angeles customs warehouse and I'm hoping it arrives at my doorstep over the weekend. Guess I have to by the #1000 stone myself.
Anyway, I'll continue lurking here, I'm not sure I have the skills or knowledge to contribute much yet, but enjoy everything I've read and appreciate the information you're all so willing to share. Thanks to everyone.