Sorry, im reposting this thread here because it was in the wrong forum - Hi there, I'm 24 and have no training so I am a complete amateur in the kitchen, but a keen home cook and always improving. I like to think that i enjoy cooking too much to want to be a chef - I worked in a restaurant briefly and it was horrible stressful work. i like to enjoy myself with some music, a glass of wine, and no deadline. Anyway, I have reached the stage where my generic kitchen knives aren't doing it for me, and I'm ready to invest in something decent. At first I was looking at maybe getting a 7 piece block set of shun knives or something similar, but I couldn't justify spending $600, especially when 3 of those knives I would rarely use if ever. Now I am thinking of investing in just a decent Chefs knife, and building up from there. After looking at several different high end knives in person, I would like to go Japanese, but would like something durable enough to use on some more heavy duty tasks - as much of an all rounder as possible. I would like to find something that looks and feels special every time I use it - that I will look forward to using every time I cook, and that will last me many long years. I am delicate in the kitchen, so i don't mind something that needs extra maintenance/cleaning. my budget is $150-350, and i am thinking of the Kasumi 88024, 10" or the shun premier chefs knife. As I have mentioned, I am not very experienced so you may need to explain things to me like an idiot, but if anyone has any suggestions for other knives that I should look at then i would be most appreciative. In exchange for your help, I will share on this website the recipe for my own fantastic invention - the handheld Sheppard's pie, or as I like to call it, the "Sheppard's pie-scream cone".... i need a better name. suggestions for a better name are also welcome..... But it tastes amazing, and look how happy it makes people... .