I love Japanese blades, but am always annoyed by the fact that they never seem to offer a bread knife or a carving fork - OK if you're selling only in Japan, but kind of limiting for a worldwide audience. If you're trying to put together a matching set that's not Global or Shun, it's near-impossible to find a bread knife or carving fork with matching handles.
Now I'm looking for a 'set' for a friend's wedding registry and would like to get one with a matching bread knife.
Performance/sharpness-wise, does anyone have experience with the Al Mar Ultra Chef series? How do they compare with Shun, Tojiro and other makes?
What about Boker's damascus lines?
Finally, I've noticed that many of Ryusen's handles look very similar to those used by Kanetsune:
Does anyone who owns both think they are similar enough to match?