I searched for this topic and found some good info but was hoping for a little more. I already checked out Surfas but would like to try a few more Japanese knives before I settle on one. I'm looking for a Chef's knife, maybe a Santuka, and probably a new paring knife. This will be the first time I buy a really good knife so all I really have to go on is the knives I've tried so far. I think I'll end up buying a Japanese knife because so far I like a lighter handle. Not Global light but not as heavy as a Messermeister (or the other German knives I've tried).
I want to take a trip either downtown or to the SGV this weekend to try some more knives. I'd be happy to go somewhere else too if it's worth the trip. I'll probably go in to Anzen Hardware if I go downtown. Also-- is Mutual Trading Co. an actual store I can go into? I remember hearing there were some Markets in SGV that carried knives but I can't remember which ones.
I'd love any suggestions of shops to go to and also brands of knives to try. Thanks in advance for your help.