I am new on this board but I have been reading for the last 2 days since I was considering replacing my old set of 10 piece Sabatier Commercial knives ( Made in France) I had for 23 years. These are still OK and I will probably be sending them to Accurate Sharpening or Perfect Edge cutlery for professional sharpening service. I gave my daughter a brand new set of Henckels Twin Pro S that I got when Williams Sonoma discontinued the 10 Piece set 4 years ago for $100.
I saw a great deal on the Wusthof Ikon Blackwood 8 piece set that has been discontinued for $325 at a local Knife store that was closing. This is still $795 at Amazon ( sold by cutleryandbeyond). Williams Sonoma only carries the 7 piece set for $700. The collection includes a 3-1/2-inch paring knife, a 4-1/2-inch utility knife, an 8-inch carving knife, an 8-inch bread knife, and an 8-inch cook's knife, as well as a 10-inch steel, a pair of kitchen shears, and a 17-slot walnut storage block. I know that Wusthof now uses PEtec--Precision-Edge Technology
that has a 15 degree bevel. This is still not as good as the Japanese knives but I guess the price is swaying me to get this set.
Also considering a set of Shun Kaji ( 6 inch Chef Knife and 3.5 inch Paring knife) for $150 although the Chef knife looks too small and would prefer a 9-10 inch.
Any thoughts on this.