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1. Splurge. Spend the money and you’ll get quality.
2. Treat your tools well; they’re not disposable. Look at that case, it’s covered in velvet! Take care of and take pride in the tools of your trade. Keep them sharp and clean.
3. Have multiple knives. In Japanese culture they have a knife for everything: for butchering meat, for butchering chicken, for cutting bones, for vegetable work. I think that makes a lot of sense. When I butcher chicken with a knife made for butchering chicken it’s very effective. That’s something that hasn’t bled into our domestic knife-making culture, which is why I lean toward using Japanese knives, because the maker’s have a deeper understanding and appreciation of a tool made for a specific job.