I thought this would be simple.. But so many choices. Must Haves: Wood Handle Stainless Around 9" for me and another smaller one for my wife Pairing knife also. Wood case for storage I have a hand made maple butcher block cutting board Arkansas stone, but I am looking into diamond blocks also. Cutting mostly fruits and vegetables. Most of the meat we eat does not require cutting. I have a good bread knife What confuses me is the brands and styles. I have always had the german style. I am open to a Japanese knife with that handle style.