I am sure this topic has been covered more times than I can count and I have search multiple forums with different answers so I'll try asking on this forum. I am looking for a chef 6"-8" and boning knife (hopefully a combo to give as a gift but two different brands are acceptable). I will try to answer the questions that I know will be asked - I want something that will hold an edge and require less time between sharpening and steeling. - Would like a "good looking" knife. I really like the Damascus blade look Shun, Yoshihiro and Miyabi w/ Birchwood handle come to mind - Also like the nicely made wooden handles similar to the Middleton Santoku - These are going to be used in a home kitchen but I would still like something that could take some abuse. There must be a reason ceramic knives are not in professional kitchens. Now the big question....price. I really don't like this question because I feel I may exclude a far superior knife because it is $30-$50 more than what I set as a limit. So with that in mind I would like to stay in the $700 dollar range for the pair. I look forward to some suggestions and will try best to answer anything else I might have missed.