After we got married, we had some Williams Sonoma gift certificates to spend, the quandary of how to spend them has unfortunately never come up again. We decided to get a real high end knife and went with the classic cook's 8inch knife by Wustof. We were told it would last us for years, if not forever, but we found out for ourselves how much it changed our lives. Well, our lives spent in the kitchen anyway.
A week doesn't go by when owning this knife hasn't been a blessing; and to keep it in tip top shape for any activity it might be used for, we use a knife sharpener. We are happy with the Wustof brand, it works great and allows us to look cool and professional.