Here goes, i'm a home cook looking to take things up a notch in the kitchen. After looking around a bit i decided on the Kai Shun Classic series, but after reading a few threads here you've changed my mind, thank you. I'm looking for a 240mm Gyuto and a small Petty / Paring knife. We're mostly vegetarian so it won't be used for meat often if that's a factor. Since i am new to, what i've come to realize to be, a complex industry. I've opted to go for a stainless steel knife instead of carbon, to reduce the risk of me ruining it. I've been scouring your forums for suggestions, and found so many that i am more confused now, than when i began my journey. So now i'm throwing it all up in this thread in the hopes you can help steer me in the right direction. A lot of the choices here are based on old threads, so please enlighten me if anything new and exciting has come along. The price for the Gyuto should not exceed 400$, and i won't complain if it's less I'm planning on using DMT DuoSharp diamond stones for sharpening up to #1200 and thinking of getting some extra to get to #4000/8000 if it is needed? Havn't decided on honing rods yet, also looking at DMT for those. Suggestions are appreciated. Regarding the bevel, i need something easy to control and sharpen. For the Gyuto/Chef's knife i've been looking at: Mac Pro Gonbei 240 mm Hammered Damascus WA-Gyuto Itinomonn Stainless Kasumi 240mm Wa Gyuto Gesshin Uraku 240mm Stainless Wa-Gyuto Grand Cheff 240mm Cook's knife CarboNext Also have an eye on Masamoto's SS knives The Richmond Ultimatum was also a contender before i found out it was discontinued (though i know it's a touchy subject for some reason) I know that's a lot of knives, but i will greatly appreciate any help. I have no idea for the Petty/Paring knife, and will most likely go for something that matches the Gyuto For cutting board i'm looking at a walnut. As for looks, i'm a bit of a sucker for Damascus with and without hammering. But it is definitly not a top priority. Phew! I hope you can help me. Happy new year!