Would you guys recommend purchasing a knife set or purchasing by piece? I currently have a sabatier set. It's nothing fancy but it has served me well over the years.
I am a bit of knife aficionado and would like something not only functional but with a little wow factor as well. My budget will be 500-600 U.S. dollars for the set.
I am a not a professional but merely a home cooking enthusiast. I do lots of catered BBQ events and meat processing so most of my cutting is flesh not vegetables. I don't usually process anything frozen; but when I do I have a Mad Cow Cutlery cleaver that takes the abuse. I sharpen all of my own knives on a Tormek T-7 and I finish them with the Tormek Japanese water stone or leather hone. I usually re-profile all bevel angles on my knives to 15 degree with the exception of the cleaver that is 20 degree.
I need one long carving knife (12 inch minimum 14 preferable) for trimming brisket and an assortment after that. I really like the look of Damascus (just because its cool looking) but need a recommendation on the specific type. I need a handle that I can still grip when covered by blood and grease. The sabatier's get really slick after prolonged trimming.
Thank you for any comments