“You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.” -Miyamoto Musaashi, The Book of Five Rings
This quote from one of the greatest swordsmen accurately parallels the warrior’s blade preference, with the feeling I have about my cutlery. I collect those weapons that suit me. I think all chefs feel this way. There is no other piece of equipment that translates a chef’s soul, as does his/her favorite knife. That said, one cannot have enough favorite knives in one’s collection, because that soul can express itself through slicing and dicing.
Pertinent example: I have a favorite knife that I use for cutting up home fries and vegetables.It’s the knobby-handled Global, fifth from the left. With that, I make home fries that turn out like this:
But recently, when in my local Sur La Table, I ran across a Wusthof with which I got to practice on a potato – blade and results attached:
I can’t wait to get hold of some potatoes and render them into home fries with this.
So you see, the spirit of the kitchen warrior can manifest itself through many blades. But the soul of the warrior will always pour through the cuts as long as the weapon of choice is suitable to YOU.