Hi every one !
I've been reading posts on this forum for quite a long time now (especially BDL comments - no offense for the other members!), as I had in mind the purchase of a lifetime knife set.
I'm here today to get the final feedback before my purchase - can't wait for it !
To summarize my needs: I'm a home cook who cooks for my familly, and for familly meetings.
I'm mainly cuting vegetables (quite a lot of them, as I have a nice big familly), especially in the week end as we do lots of familly meetings (at leat twice a month). As I am "the guy who chops veggies" in my familly, I'm often on duty for prep work (we ususally cook for 15 persons).
I have a Wüsthof Ikon set for a couple of years now, but from the start, I had the idea to buy myself a set of lifetime japanese knifes, as I did not feel my german knives holding their edges long enough, or becoming very sharp compared to videos I saw.
I was decided to buy an Hattori FH set, but I read that VG-10 (which was once praised) is now outclassed by new steel types. As this investment represents quite a huge amount of money, I'll prefer to make my choice once and stick with it.
So I considered moving to a Konosuke HD2 set, but it's sold out nearly every where.
I'm now a bit confused about the choices I should do, could you please give me some advises?
The important things for me in my choice are:
- Should be a "once in a life" investment
- Should have a set available on the same range (pairing, petty, santoku, gyuto, deba, boning, nakiri) (sound silly, but it's important for me). To be honest, the most important knife of the set would be the gyuto for me (eventually replaced by a Nakiri as I cut lots of veggies)
- Wa handle or western handle are fine
- Can be very sharp
- Hold the edge consistently (should not be stoned every week, but as my usage is less intensive than a pro, once in a month would be the good frame for me)
FYI, I'm using wetstones for sharpening for one year now. I take great care of my stuff. Knifes are maintained as well as my skills allowed to, and never stay wet or dirty.
Thanks a lot for your advises !