Why should I pay to learn what's the best knife for me?
You're going to spend anywhere from $200 to $2000 - or more - for a good cooking knife or set of cooking knives. You're also going to use these knives for years. Choosing the right knives for you means ending up with the best bang for your dollar, more enjoyment when cooking, and better-quality food. Yes, a better knife can make your food better because texture affects the experience of eating the food! An investment in educating yourself from an impartial source is the best way to ensure that you buy only the things that you need or want, and that you are getting what you think you're getting. How much can you really trust a stranger who gains from your making specific purchases? The more knowledgeable you are, the better you can evaluate what you're being told online or in-person - and the better the final choice you'll make for your knife investment.
What kind of experience do you have with knives?
I've cooked under the tutelage of professional French chefs, professional Chinese chefs, and professional Japanese chefs and I continue to cook in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I know how to use knives well. I have also used dozens of knives, comparing them in terms of feel, in terms of performance, and in terms of how easily and how well they sharpen. Of all dozens of knives that I have tried, I have kept and continue to use in rotation 52 knives in my kitchen and travel kit. I have German knives, Chinese cleavers and many Japanese knives - both western-style and traditional ones - in 13 different types of steel from 21 different makers. I have more experience with more knives than the folks you're likely to meet when buying your knives.
Are you going to convince me to buy lots of specialized knives?
There are benefits to having specialized knives, but no, I'm not going to sell you on the idea of having lots of knives. I happen to have lots of knives because I really enjoy cooking and enjoy the differences between my various knives. You don't have to have dozens of knives - in fact, you may be absolutely well served by having just 3 knives in total. Buying a whole set of knives, whether a factory set or one that you assemble together yourself, is always an option but you'll learn in this DVD why it isn't necessary.
Are you affiliated with any knife vendors or knife manufacturers?
I am 100% independent and 100% impartial. I own knives from 21 different makers and have tried many more than that. I don't endorse any particular vendors or manufacturers.