First post here from a rookie. ;-)
Is there anyplace on Long Island that actually carries the really good quality chef's knives etc, such as Shun, Global, etc? I've had a "set" of Sabatier knives that I bought about 15 years ago and while they're 'okay I guess', after reading Anthony Bourdain's book I'd love to investigate a more serious chef's knife. But I would absolutely need to see how any knife feels in the hand; I had a set of Henckels that I bought in the 1970s that I gave to a friend after seeing how much more comfortable the handles of the Sabatiers felt. It was like night and day....!
Fortunoffs in Westbury used to have a decent knife section (that's where I bought my Sabatiers, back in the day; they carried Scanpan too, and boy do I miss the Scanpan Steel line!) but of course Fortunoff's is now gone. Macys and (ugh) Bed Bath & Beyond don't have anything better than what I have now, that's for sure. I'm particularly interested in the Global after reading that it's lighter than the typical chef's knife; I have been gravitating toward my Sabatier 6" utility knife because it's lighter, so maybe the Global 8" one would work well for me.
Any places on LI where you can actually HOLD and compare the 'good' knives? Or do most people do the order online/return-exchange trial-and-error thing?