Hello CKtG, Been stacking the site and forums for a month now and well looking for some help.
I am a 21 year old male with above average hand size and have worked in professional kitchens for 5 years, over that time I was able to try some knives out here and there and never needed my own set.
But over time I started to see the benefit of using your own knives at work and as I live with my girlfriend we don't own any real knives for the kitchen (Been cutting stuff with a 15$ knife at home). And so i started to look for knives I can use at work and home So.
1. Are you right handed?
2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..)
At the moment I own a Tojiro Shirogami ITK 240mm Wa-Gyuto
as well as a Tojiro Shirogami ITK 150mm Petty
I have had both for 2 weeks as they seemed like good knives to start with, and I do like the gyuto (though it seems very reactive) the petty I haven't used much. As I mostly do vegetables at work the gyuto works well, though I am also considering a nakiri for heavier vegetables. I would also like a knife for breaking up fish, chickens, meat.
Also maybe 1 laser style knife for fun.
3. What size knife are you looking for?
I find the 240mm gyuto to be rather nice in length though a 7inch knife may be nice to have as well.
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel?
I spent most of my time in a kitchen working with stainless and got the 2 white carbon knives for fun, i wouldn't mind getting some more carbon but i think i need 1-2 stainless.
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle?
Mostly indifferent though I guess the Japanese style handles are a bit better for pinch holding.
6. How much did you want to spend?
I plan to purchase my set over time and looking at around 6-8 months to acquire them, so around 800$ total though this is flexible up to 1200.
7. Do you know how to sharpen?
I have spent most of my time using a rod to sharpen, though I have worked with wet stones a over time but not enough to be comfortable doing it but I do plan on picking up some stones for home use and most likely use a rod or other contraption when at work.
I don`t mind if you guys want to split the money into 2 groups, 1 set for work and 1 set for home, there is a few companies I have been looking at like the Masakage knives.
Thank you for your help.