Which 8'' chef knife???????

Joined Oct 28, 2015
I will start off by apologizing, because i'm sure this question has been beat into the ground.  However, I am having a difficult time narrowing down a selection, and when spending this much money I don't want to be disappointed.

I am an at home cook, and by no means a professional.  However, I do know my way around a kitchen and have decent knife skills.  I have decided I would like to purchase my first "real" knife.  I have looked at shun's and MAC's thus far. I of course have preferred the look of the shun knives compared to the MAC's. I am left handed which does seem to be an issue with the shun classic.  I am also looking for a cutting board to help preserve the edge of this knife as well, so any input there would be appreciated. 

My budget for the Knife is $200.  I am just looking for a nice knife I can have for years and get the "most bang for my buck" so to say.

Thanks for your time and input.
Joined Oct 28, 2015
Forgot to add I would like a knife that I wouldn't have to have sharpened more than a couple times a year from at home use.


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
How do you sharpen and maintain your blades? That's a question that's going to come up. Best answer it now.
Joined Oct 28, 2015
I always hand wash my knives.  I am comfortable honing them, but would send them out to be sharpened.
Joined Apr 25, 2014
@Tdubb   where do you live?  On the off chance there is a great knife store or sharpener near you I can recommend

For boards, I have this http://korin.com/HiSoft-Cutting-Board  and

I reach for the rubber board most of the time for convenience.  For end grain boards, look for a hardwood that has a tight grain.  Cherry and maple are the most common.
Joined May 14, 2014
I'd buy a Mac before I bought another shun. Beautiful knives but not built to last.
Joined Oct 31, 2012

The responses you have gotten thus far are questions of importance before any useful suggestions can be given. 

     If you are planning sending your knife out to be sharpened, then you can get a useful knife that will do the job for about $30-50 from Macy's, Boscov's or any other general store. The edge will last for a while with regular honing and you can get it sharpened twice a year cheaply enough. Any sharp knife is better than an expensive dull one. 

    There are many factors that make good quality knives different. The importance of those factors is based in large part on individual preference. This forum has loads of information on that. I will tell you to read through those threads. 

    Go out and handle as many knives as you can find. We can suggest any number of knives but if you don't enjoy handling that knife, all our recommendations don't matter. And if you invest good money in a high quality knife, you should want to learn how to keep it sharp yourself

So go buy whatever inexpensive knife you like and keep it sharp. After you use it for awhile, figure out what you don't like about it, find a knife that improves on it and buy that one. Gain some experience by buying and using different inexpensive knifes before you commit to buying a knife that costs over $100, especially if you are going to trust a stranger with sharpening it for you. 
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