I have one chef knife at the moment and it's by Cuisinart. I didn't spend a lot of money on it at all. I'm looking to invest in a good chef's knife but am having trouble deciding. I am leaning towards the Shun Classic 8 inch knife (DM0706). I went to Williams Sonoma and held it in my hand but to be honest, I'm not sure exactly what information I was supposed to glean from that exercise :-) It was nice and fairly lightweight and the size seemed ok for my smaller hands. I'm no chef but I do cook a lot and want something for dicing, slicing etc. Fruits and vegetables mainly.
Would the Shun be a good choice?
And in line with that, I'd also like to get a quality cutting board. My research tells me that end grain wood boards are generally superior. Any particular suggestions for these? I live in Toronto...what's a good place to get cutting boards here?