I've been reading about the forum for a while now and was hoping I might be able to reach for some help of my own. I hope this is the right section, this is my first time posting, so if not just let me know and I will change it.
I have been cooking for a good four years now, granted on my own out of a personal interest, but I do so (I'd like to think) at a very complex level. I like making dishes that take 10 hours if not days, sometimes weeks, to prepare. I have quite a range of equipment, including some decent knives I got from the fish market in Japan during a trip there, but I think it's time for an upgrade.
I was looking for something very special. A beautiful set of knives that can really be considered an art piece. I have a preference towards Japanese knives, just because that's what I've had the most experience with so far, but anything of extremely high quality is ideal. This is really a life long gift to myself, so in terms of price I'm looking at around 1500 if not more, if the set is really special. I would hope for around an eight to ten piece set, but I can go for less if it means better quality. I've looked at knives such as the Shun Hiro seven piece set, but I continue to get mixed reviews, and I've read you all are great at providing suggestions. I have spent an unimaginable amount of time practicing my knife skills, so something more delicate that requires a bit more care wouldn't be an issue either.
I really appreciate the help, and if there is any more information that would help, I'll quickly post away.