I am trying to choose between either Global or Wusthof Classic knives. Globals I believe suffer with a problem in that some people get blisters with them (subject of separate post) and there seems to be a bit of a sway from the German knife brands for being to heavy and hard to maintain.
I have looked at a number of readily available Japanese knives in the UK and, apart from Shun and Tojiro Senkou (which seem VERY pricey for what they are - DPs with Micarta handles?) I'm not that keen. I'm not sure Shun handles will appeal and if I don't go for Globals I'll be likely to get Wusthof.
I have seen numerous comments that German knives take a ton of maintenance and I'm wondering how bad this problem is. They seem to be very popular knies and they have been around a long time so it seems they can't be THAT bad. It would just be nice to get a handle on just how much hard work and effort maintaining an edge on Wusthof Classics will be.
I like their new Ikon range also which seem to be styled on Japanese knives and lack a full bolster. They too though seem very pricey.