How to supplement Mac 4 knife set
Hi, I'm trying to decide what I need to supplement out the Mac knife set I already have. http://www.amazon.com/MAC-piece-Knife-Set-GSP41/dp/B001I87YO8
It has a 9" Carving knife, 6.5" Utility knife, 6.5" fillet knife, and a paring knife.
Does the 9" Carving knife essentially take the role of a chefs knife? Or should I be looking for maybe a 10" european type chefs knife to go with this?
I know one of the big weaknesses of the set is it needs a bread knife. Would something like a victoranox bread knife or chicago cutlery bread knife work? Or should I really be looking for a more high end bread knife?
I need chef scissors. I've looked a bit, some scissors come apart for easier cleaning. Some scissors have serated edges, and some smooth. and different scissors have a little different options on the extra functionality on the handle.
I need a sharpening rod. There are 3 main types it seems. Steel, ceramic, and diamond. The diamond seems to serve the purpose of sharpening rather than straightening the edge. Ceramic versus steel is less clear. If going with steel, the pricing seems to vary greatly. I've seen from as little as a dollar to around $120. Is there a need for the higher end steels? or will they all basically serve the same purpose. My thoughts are cheaper poorer tempered steel may wear faster against the better steel in the knives... Just a guess.
And a cutlery knife roll wit knife guards. I can get a 9 slot roll, which will meet my current needs i think, or I can get something like a 14 slot roll, with the idea I will add more knives as my needs progress. Which begs the question, is more better? Or should you learn to use fewer tools to make cooking more efficient. I was told by a chef that one of the signs of a good cook, was being able to make due with a few quality implements rather than requiring lots of specialty items that will sit in a drawer and rarely get used.