Hi and greetings from Norway!
I never knew I thought knives and sharpening were so interesting until I found this site. I more or less stumbled upon it after cruising on YouTube
For the longest time I've used just cheap-ish, regular, no-name chef knifes in my kitchen, and a sharpener steel of unknown origins. I've spent the better part of today researching this forum, watching Marks tutorials and others reviews. And, I've ended up being rather confused as well since there is such an enormous amount of information and knifes and accessories.
In any case, this struck me as so interesting that I would like to try and take it up as a hobby. Besides, I hate a dull knife just as much as anyone when making food - which is pretty often.
After watching numerous videos, I found Knife Fanatics video review of the Komosuke Extra Tall HD 240mm, and it is pretty hard not to want that knife after watching him have such a good time with it
So, based on that, and the video tutorials I could find I started adding stuff into the basket and came up with:- Komosuke Extra Tall HD 240mm Gyuto- MAC Black Ceramic Honing Rod 10.5"- Shapton GlassStone 1000 Grit
I am also considering adding the DMT Extra Extra Coarse, but I guess it can wait a few months unless you would recommend having it handy immediately.
Should I get other sharpening stones in addition to the Shapton 1000? Is it even the right stone for that particular type of knife?
Also, I am not 100% sure that the Komosuke is the "perfect" knife, but if you consider these criterias:
- I want a great, even awsome tool that I can use for all cutting tasks - except bones of course.
- I am right handed
- It should definitely be a Japanese knife. Although I have nothing to back it up, I would think that the best knifes in the world are made in Japan.
- I don't have experience with the Japanese style handle, but that is no excuse - I will learn.
- Budget: Let's say up to $500. I realize that the Komosuke I mentioned is much less, but I am keeping my options open.
So, as you can probably gather from this post I am quite overwhelmed with the available options. But, I'd like to have as complete a starters kit as possible since we're shipping this across the Atlantic in the first place.
Thanks in advance for your input.