Hi all, I am hoping to get some advice on what brand of knife to buy. I have sifted around the internet and found so many choices and differing opinions I thought I would ask the experts. So a little about me...I am a home cook and want to invest in some good quality knives that hold their sharpness well and will last the test of time. I have decided to buy individual knives rather than a set, mainly because I felt that the general consensus is that you have to spend a lot of money to get something of quality and really just want a couple of great quality essential knives. I am willing to spend $100 - $200 per knife and yes I will get a good sharpening system. Global, Shun and wrustholf and scanpan are what I was shown when I went into total food equipment (nz shop). What do you think is the best value for money for someone like me who isn't a professional? Thanks in advance!