I know this topic is somewhat beaten to death on the boards and people always seem to get very passionate about their knives! A couple of grey areas have arisen for me, that perhaps some of you more experienced CHer's can clear up.
First let me point out my reasoning behind this post.
I'm an enthusiastic (though not yet, fantastic) home cook and my wife has offered that for my birthday we can finally get/start to get a good set of knives. Previously we've only had knives you could pick up at your local supermarket so this is quite the big upgrade. We're looking to get a 'set for life' or at least that's before we get the knife buying bug many of you seem to have!
Having handled a few knives months back when in London (and not asking nearly enough questions) I was particularly fond of some of the Wusthof knives. I'm getting to the point here honest...
So at the moment we're looking at the Wusthof Classic/Wusthof Classic Ikon knives...though I'm not entirely sure what the major difference is between the two besides the latter being a slightly different shape (in the chef's knife I'm looking at) and a little more expensive. Any clue?
Also, I read a lot on here not to buy knife sets. I can understand this from poor manufacturer's etc but it could save us a decent amount buying a 3 or 5 knife set in this range, is this a big deal?
Lastly, knife block's? Are these bad for keeping knives, do they cause more damage/dull them quicker than alternative storage solutions.
Would love to get your feedback on these points, hopefully you managed to not fall asleep read my post!
P.s. Planning to order online and we live in England if this makes any difference at all to recommendations...