I'm looking to replace my stamped Farberware 8" chef's knife. Although it seems sharp & is reasonably comfortable & balanced, I get the impression (from hanging around here, no doubt) that just about anything's going to be a step up.
Today I found a J.A. Henckel 4-star clearanced for $30. A week ago I would've bought it without thinking twice. Unfortunately, I held a Shun in my hand yesterday. The balance & comfort were unlike any other knife I've tried.
Obviously, either knife's going to be big improvement over the cheap Chinese stamped chef's I've been using for the past 20 yrs.
Should I grab the 4-star & be happy that I saved $100? Or should I hold out for the Shun?