I'm looking to buy a knife for my husband... He is not a professional chef, but loves to cook, and I get him kitchen/cooking equipment for gifts whenever I can. His current favorite knives are the Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife and a handmade knife he bought in Japan that I don't know the name of- something he purchased from a hand forger near the fish market in Japan. I had bought him the Tojiro DP Gyutou and Global chefs knife several years ago, but i think he's "outgrown" it, so that's the knife I use now. I was looking for a knife about the price range of the Shun..I could get him the Shun premier, but I was wondering if I could get a better knife for the price. Specifically the one's I was looking at were the: Yoshihiro VG-10 46 layers gyuto Yoshihiro Blue high carbon steel chef knife (Mizuyaki or Aoko) I also tried a friend's Yoshihiro VG-10 kiritsuke sword tip chefs knife and quite liked it, though I don't know if it adds anything...my friend whose knife I used is a professional chef. He is right handed, likes the weight of the japanese knives, and the thin-ness. The hand forged knife he bought is made from a single piece of metal. I do not want to get a knife that requires a lot of maintanence, like the Korin high carbon steel that rusts if not maintained- he is not good at that. If there's any other knife you think would fit the bill, please let me know. I'm not decided on the Yoshihiro brand, I just know other friends who have their gyuto knives and don't have trouble with them. Any thoughts or advice would be great. Thanks!