Lots of entertaining knife discussion on this forum .
Anyway thought I’d throw in my 2 cents on knife recs. I own way too many knives personally but the one knife I enjoy using the most is this Hattori FH VG10 Gyutou in a durable linen micarta handle and HRC of 60-61.
Introduced in the mid 2000s, it’s a design birthed from the collaboration of chefs and knife enthusiasts on Knifeforum. I feel the shape and handle is really the sweet spot as an all purpose daily use knife. Leaning more Western in design with a not overly aggressive belly, a thinner blade for greater dexterity and taking advantage of Japanese metallurgical forging prowess.
It’s spendy for sure but worth it imo. I recommend the 210/240mm length, I think they are the best sizes for a home kitchen.
At this moment, my one knife recommendation for others is a Glestain. While Glestain steel hardness is 58-59 HRC (a little softer than many Japanese made kitchen knives), a Glestain beautiful overall blade grind and the unique hollow grind gives users a wonderful experience. Foods are not readily stick to the blade and often just fall off. This makes the overall food preparation a smoother and comfortable experience. Here is a nice demonstration video from knifemerchant.
Many places sell Glestain, but if you are in NYC, then I recommend to stop by Korin.
This Hungry Onion thread I started might help you to compare with the one you posted:
I’ve been at this for about seven years, and you have already gone in a very different direction from me–but so has everyone else! This thread captures some of our diversity.
Where I haven’t gone (where others have at Hungry Onion) is in the direction of enthusiast and artisan knives–the type sold by korin.
It doesn’t fit with the American tradition of my upbringing–or the Japanese tradition I saw practiced in the Japanese home when I was in Japan.
I see the knives as a strong throwback to an exaggeration of an older Japanese culture that never existed in favor of an artisan tradition of near handmade knives that are more intended to be collected than used day to day in the home kitchen.
Meanwhile, the technology of knife manufacture has been moving forward to produce more cost effective products using new approaches–trying to capture a world market.
It’s led me to consider dual core technology–and Chinese knives that are beginning to compete at levels they have never reached before.
Question for the Glestain owners, I’ve always been intrigued with the Granton edge design. However never pulled the trigger due to a longevity concern. What happens when you sharpen the knife over many years and begin to dip into the dimples? Is the knife still usable at that point?
I have a granton slicer I love for carving turkey. But I doubt it will ever been sharpened sufficiently in my lifetime to reach the dimples.