I apologize for the lengthy explanation ahead of time and thank you for reading the following.
I am about as new as it gets to his forum. But, I've been reading through the forums for a bit and there seems to be an unending wealth of expertise and otherwise solid information. I am looking for some assistance with choosing either a brand/line of knives or a set. As with any purchase I make (with durable goods) I try to learn as much as possible, to the point where I often become the go to person for others to consult when they buy similar items. But, I am out of my depth here. I know that knives are not just a matter of quality but also a matter of preference. So, I feel like it's not as cut and dry when reading review as preference often seeps in and I am left with more questions. If you think you might be able to impart some info, opinion or otherwise, here is some info which might help...
I believe in buying quality and finding the best balance between that and what I can afford, but Id prefer to bump up to the next level of quality if it makes sense (for example, if I was going to spend $40 on a knife but that better knife was $60 and it would make a significant difference, I would save the extra $20 and then buy it). Unfortunately, I don't have a specific budget as I'm willing to start by purchasing individual knives if that's what's required. Whether it's a set or a few knives to start a collection, I can probably start with a few hundred dollars. As far as skill...I am working on my knife skills, right now they're a work in progress, however, I can hold my own in the kitchen when it comes to the finished product. I want to become quite good with my knives and so I'd like to buy knives that will support that endeavor and put up with me in the meantime.
My one issue is that I've been dealing with numerous ongoing medical issues since my early 20's (I'm 32 now) and they've impacted my dominant (right) hand/wrist and my shoulders. So, I'd guess that knife weight as well as other things I haven't thought of would come into play. I've read enough to know that Global Knives do not have the best reputation, quality wise, but I mention them because I did have the opportunity to hold some and briefly test them while at a Sur la Table and I liked the weight. My guess is that something that's not too heavy would be easier on me in the long run. I'm hoping that mentioning that particular kind of weight might help someone, who knows far more about a lot more brands than I do, make a recommendation.
And if you think that buying individual knives and building a set is the way to go, what knives do you personally think are the most important in your collection?
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this, whether you reply or not. I look forward to learning a lot here and helping whenever I can.
All the best,