Thank ya kindly sir. Now let's play.
1) My Mercer Santoku. I've had it for over five years. I had the Shun for over four. They were a couple of the knives I bought after my roll got stolen. I admit, replaceability was key at that point in my life.
The oldest real knife in my collection is my Gesshin Ginga 240 in w#2. It was the first carbon I bought after my old roll sprung legs and walked away, and I've kept it for that very reason. That and I adore the edge profile and the steel.
2) My Calphalon parer.
But really I'd have trouble letting any of them go. The only time I sell is when I find someone who would appreciate a knife more than I. I've lost a lot of knives this way. For what it's worth, the SKD-11 might have a new home soon, but mostly because my coworkers roll is lacking.
3) Cause it hasn't fallen off yet.
4) Those new Nishidas have me on the edge of my seat. The brand has always intrigued me. If I didn't despise the handles on the old ones I'd own one of them already. And definitely the Kurosaki r2 wa. I'm probably gonna get a Kitaoka yanagiba soon too.
Outliers include Hinoura, Kohetsu hap40, Richmond Laser AS, and the Tanaka Sekiso.
5) The Kurosaki r2 Western tops the list, seconded closely by the Mizuno Tanrenjo 270 in blue #2. The Saji G3 has eluded me for far too long. I should just get that one overwith already.
Outliers include the Sukenari AS Damascus, the Takayuki Ginsan Damascus and the Tetsuhiro w#1.
6) I can't give an accurate time frame. I'm gonna have to look real hard for some negative on this one.
7) For a work kit I'd take the Yuki suji, the Kurosaki AS 240, the Blackstone utility, the Tanaka Ginsan 210 and the KS.
The five I would keep just because I enjoy them...hmm... The KS (just hits home with me), the Fujiyama w#2 270 (feels brilliant), the Teryasu Fujiwara Nashiji 240 (soul for days, and insane HT), the Kurosaki AS (best SS clad one and done out there for the way I do what I do) and the Blackstone utility (it's...perfect, and incredibly handy).