Chef knife upgrade - some opinions needed

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by theedudenator, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. theedudenator

    theedudenator

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    I thought this would be simple.. But so many choices.

    Must Haves:

    Wood Handle

    Stainless

    Around 9" for me and another smaller one for my wife

    Pairing knife also.

    Wood case for storage

    I have a hand made maple butcher block cutting board Arkansas stone, but I am looking into diamond blocks also.

    Cutting mostly fruits and vegetables.

    Most of the meat we eat does not require cutting.

    I have a good bread knife

    What confuses me is the brands and styles.

    I have always had the german style.

    I am open to a Japanese knife with that handle style.
     
  2. brianshaw

    brianshaw

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    What is confusing you, the breadth of choices or not being sure about the differences? Have you ever tried a J-knife? Are you willing to buy to find out if you like or are you in an area where you can try before you buy? This kind of question is asked 3 or 4 times each week, often with same or similar answers. Have you read any of the prior threads? More details will help people address your need.
     
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  3. brianshaw

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    P.S. Good for you to already have a decent cutting board and ARK stones!
     
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  4. rick alan

    rick alan

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    Ark stones are great on the softer steels, I finish all my softer stainless knives on an Ark.  But when you hit 60RC and above, like many Japanese knives, you really want waterstones.  I have a carbon Opanel at about 61RC and the Arc does nothing much good for it.  Any imperfections on the Ark's edges will really reek havoc on the edge of a hard knife.  And they just cut too damn slow to deal reasonably well with harder steels.

    Stones are no big deal though, a really great 1-6K combination waterstone stone will set you back just about $100, and perfectly adequate ones can be had for around $50.

    You haven't told us what you want to spend.  As an idea, in a 9"very good can be had for <$150, significantly better can be had for <$250.

    Also, some Japanes knives are very thin at the edge and have to be handled accordingly, ie: stay away from bones and other hard stuff; show good technique on the board, no twisting.

    Looking at just some recent posts is a good idea.

    Rick