damn it. i am searching out vintage american and french made chef knives. i recently got a high carbon steel japanese knife. it cuts like a surgical tool. even running it on my sharpening steel..damn..how can i explain it? it is smooth. super smooth. it makes a "swish" and "zinging" sound that is amazing. my high end german blades make a grinding sound.
i was chopping at my buddies house and he has some old ass, forgecraft high carbon steel chef knife. crazy sharp. same deal with the steel. i just finished sharpening my high carbon butcher knife that i brutalized with a dead bull elk. i first used a japanese waterstone, then cleaned it up the the steel..!!! zing zing zing.
i love it. i might slowly give away or sell my Wustof stuff (to my family. sister and brother have ghetto knives). my wife is so annoyed with me.
there is a whole other word out there!