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Wed May 22, 2013 10:20 am
After spending a considerable amount of time checking out your site for upgrading my knife collection, I thought it better to seek advice rather than spend money and possible not get products that met my needs.
Not a professional chef (avid amateur cook, - not lacking in basic knife skills, but not a pro either)
Left handed (me); right handed spouse
Live in Canada (shipping restrictions)
Budget would be ~$225-275 for a chef's knife, with applicable treatment to other knives (Nakiri, pairing, etc)
prefer a western-style handle but obviously prefer Japanese steel & quality.
Aesthetic is secondary to function
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Fri May 24, 2013 2:25 am
You left out some pertinent info from the questionnaire you partly answered, but from what you offer, here are some options. FYI: I think you're over budgeting, but customs may bring the total up?http://www.chefknivestogo.com/masamoto-chefs-knife-210mm.htmlhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/macprmichkn8.htmlhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/tagrch21gy.htmlhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/cuhhhgy21byt.html
Depending on if you know how to sharpen, there's a VG-10 Kikuichi Damascus you might like, as well.
Your best bet is probably a Richmond Artifex or Ultimatum (depending on size preference of which you don't note) w/a custom handle to hit your budget.