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I have been looking to buy a full set of knives for a while.
From what I'm into, and my price range I want

Damascus VG 10, stainless exterior, hammer finish, preferably Japanese style with western handle. (Like a shun premier)

The problem is I can't get these in Aus.

I have looked at many sights and found many problems.

JCK - good range and price. most are out of stock, I emailed and they said out of stock don't buy.

Cutlery and more - good price and range but shipping is like AUD$500

Any help would be great. My price range is max $1500 for a set shipping inc.

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1,060 Posts I believe is an Australian e-tailer, check them out.

Have you looked at Sakai Takayuki Hammered Damascus? Personally, couldn't ever bring myself to like the hammered finish, played a brass instrument for too many years to dissociate the look from dings on a metal object you care about...

With a max budget of $1500, I hope you have or are prepared to get sharpening supplies to keep such pricey knives going. Please consider a sharpening plan on that budget if you don't already have good tools.

How many knives constitute a set for you? What knives do you reach for in a typical day of cooking? As an example, I almost can't find reasons to use a short knife like a paring knife these days. A mid length serrated utility like is sold fairly commonly in sets is made nearly obsolete by a sharp chefs knife. Daily/weekly knives end up being the 240mm gyuto/Chinese cleaver and a bread knife.

Hope this gives you some food for thought, and good luck with your knife search.
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