I have been browsing your website the past few days in order to select the perfect knife as a wedding present for a good friend.
The issue that I am having is that want to give a unique gift that will be useful and last many years, which is what led me to select a knife as a gift. In addition, a well made knife is an expensive investment and sometimes people won't even consider buying one because they don't think it will be much better than a knife set bought at their local target store. However, I don’t know their level of cooking or their experience with extremely sharp blades and I am cautious to buy them “too” much knife or a knife they may be afraid to use.
The knife I use as a workhorse in my kitchen, and absolutely love, is the Shun Fuji Chef's knife, which unfortunately is a Williams-Sonoma exclusive knife and is not sold through your website:http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products ... ives-shun&
I was initially considering getting this exact knife as the wedding present but had some apprehensions about spending that much on a gift. After speaking with my older brother (cooking enthusiast) and cousin (trained chef), they suggested your website and pointed out several knives they thought would perform just as well or better than my knife at a fraction of the cost. They were:
Takeda Gyuto AS 240mm - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tagyas24.html
Misono UX 10 Chef Knife 210mm - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mi.html
Shun Ken Onion Chef Knife - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/keshkenonchk.html
The top two were highly recommended and the Ken Onion was more of a great knife for the price since it is currently on sale through your website. I think they all would be great gifts, but I was hoping for some guidance and possible explanations on the distinct differences between the knives that might help persuade me in a direction. I am currently strongly leaning toward the Takeda Gyuto 240mm because of its unique look and amazing reviews.
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.