Looking for a good knife for myself, as I have become hooked on having a good knife, after I got a Spyderco sharpmaker. I hav just been using a western style 8in chef's knife (Sarek Duka X50CrMoV15), and a cheap 7in santoku. I like both, the Chef's knife because it's longer and feels sturdier (heavier), and the santoku because it is light and for some reason it takes on a sharper edge (both done with the sharpmaker). I would like to buy myself a nice high quality gyuto 240mm knife for christmas. Also, I have some friends and parents who might get some knives as presents as well. Thinking of both something in the lower price range (all victornox), and something a little bit more expencive to get a really good chefs knife. But I can/will expect my friends & family not to take really good care of them, I will probably just be picking them up once a year for sharpening.. I have been reading alot on knives the last week, trying to find some good knives that are great and good value, and feel that I have narrowed all the choices to this shopping list: For myself: -JCK Hattori FH 240mm 255usd Also considored Blazen, Hattori HD, Misono UX10, and more. Perheps also these, as they seem good value to obtain a "complete" set, and also look good and similar: -Fujiwara FKM Petty 120 or 150 (40-44usd) - which one should I choose? -Tojiro bread knife 60usd Gifts: Option 1, very cheap: -Victorinox 4-piece fibrox 70usd, containing: 4-inch Paring Knife 6-inch Utility Knife 8-inch Chef's Knife 10.25-inch Serrated Knife Option 2: Great knives, all the same look: -Tojiro DP 2-pc start knife set, 100usd, including: 3.5-inch Paring Knife 8.25-inch Chef's Knife -Tojiro bread knife Option 3: Most bang for the buck: -Fujiwara FKM 240mm 75usd -Victorinox bread knife (8in Fibrox bread knife, 23usd, or 10 in fibrox serrated 28usd??) Sharpening equipment (as I have understood I shouldn't use the spyderco sharpmaker on japanese knives, especially 70/30 knives): -JCK Special Combination Whetstone 1000 & 4000, 65usd -HandAmerica balsa strop set, 86usd: Hone Base 2 Balsa Strops 1 Micron Diamond Spray 2oz .25 Micron Diamond Spray 2oz -Bark Tanned Bovine Magnetic pad -Idahone 12" Ceramic Rod EDIT: If the Edge Pro is recommended instead, please give me a hint of which kit/stones I would need. By the way, I don't mind doing some extra steps of fine sharpening/polishing, that's why I also listed the balsa strop set with the bovine leather to finish. Sorry about the long post, but perhaps someone has some comments or suggestions before I start ordering?