I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping to get some advice.
I like cooking. Okay, I love cooking and food. Other than play soccer (football), cooking has been my life hobby. However, I am not and never have cooked professionally. While I have spent significant amount of time learning and practicing cooking techniques (including knife work), I have no formal training and I'm not a "natural" talent. Most of what I know I've learned either through experimentation, repeated failure, or working my way through books like "The Professional Chef", "Making of a Cook", and Jaques Pepin "Complete Techniques book". I'm not particularly fast, but it doesn't really matter to me that much as a home cook.
I live in an older house. We recently split our home kitchen into two distinct areas separated by about 5 feet; A prep kitchen (24" under counter refrigerator, bar sink, wall oven, and speed oven) and a functional kitchen (dual fuel range, fridge, sink, dishwasher). As part of the renovation, I budgeted new knives so I don't have to switch back and forth. I'm planning on leaving my old knives in the prep kitchen. They are mostly western knives from 90's (Wusthoff Classic, older Chicago Cutlery, Mercer Genesis). I sharpen them a 4-6 times a year using a Chef's Choice 130.
In cooking with friends, I've tried out a few western-style Japanese knives. I liked them immediately and lost my bias for "forged." For the new kitchen, I'm planning on purchasing a new collection of knives. I'm not really a collector and I don't use a lot of specialty knives. I was thinking of getting the following:
|Santoku||Takamura Migaki Santoku R2 170mm|
|Petty||Tojiro DP Petty 120mm|
|Honing||Idahone Fine Ceramic Rod with sheath|
Are these reasonable choices? Should I add any additional knives? Am I missing anything obvious? Do you recommend alternatives?
Since I'm not interested in sharpening as a hobby, I'll also likely upgrade to a Chef Choice that can do a 15" angle. Can I safely use this on these knives? Chef's Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener.