I am a very avid home cook, but this is actually for my boyfriend, who is currently in culinary school. I want to buy a decent knife set for him, but what he would really like is one that features colored or patterned blades. I have spent quite a bit of time reading through the forums on this and other sites, reviews on various chef supply websites, etc., and want to know if there is such a thing as a "decent" quality maker of colored/patterned blades? (Yes, "colored/patterned" here means neon blades, vibrant designs, on the blade and not the handle or sheath.)
I already know that the selection will be of lesser quality than those of true high-end knives, and I already know a lot of professionals who see this post will want to say things like "aesthetics aren't nearly as important as quality, what kind of future career chef would ever want something as frivolous, tacky, and ridiculous as low-quality knives just because they look cool until the design is (very quickly) worn? Do him a real favor and get him some knives that are more fitting to someone in the profession, and tell him to re-prioritize the way he thinks about his equipment."
To those chefs, I say: I completely understand; I truly respect and appreciate your opinions as people who know far better than myself or my boyfriend, and I agree that aesthetics are a terrible basis on which to choose tools of the trade. However, these are not for me, and this request is not meant to be offensive, or seen as some annoying, juvenile disregard for the things that matter in the kitchen.
I ask that you please be patient with me, and know that I am just trying to provide a gift of the best quality possible within parameters that he wants (and I already know that this is like asking which brand of paper umbrella will best keep me dry). If you know of any colored/patterned knife makers that are the least terrible, that's the kind I'd like to buy. These are for his use at home, not at work/school, and any suggestions on where to find some that are at least workable would be very deeply appreciated.
Are there any brands in this style that are even slightly good quality? If not, what is the least awful?
Are there any quality craftsmen known to professionals that are willing to do custom designs?
I'm not concerned about cost-quite the opposite; I'm willing to spend a decent amount (at least a few hundred per knife) if I can at least find some that are good quality. The only ones I've seen so far are things like Kai Komachi and Kuhn Rikon, and I'm not very impressed.
If you've read all the way down here, even if you find this request objectionable, I really do appreciate your time, and appreciate your time and patience even more so if you can help me out; thank you :)