New to the site, I have read several posts and am wondering what I should do now. My wife got me 2 shun classic knives for Christmas, a 10" chefs and a pairing and I am wondering if I should return these and look into other options. I currently have a set of JA Hankels professional S knives that I built over the past several years. I like the hankels but I did test out the shun and they feel a lot better in my hand and they are definitely sharper then the hankles ever were. Eventually I would like to replace all of the hankels with something else and I am leaning towards keeping the shuns and going that route or some other Japanese knife I am simply a home cook and I probably don't have the best knife skills. I would like to take a class some time but have never set aside time to do it. I have a sharpening stone but don't know how to use it, I generally just take my knives to a local cutlery shop to get them sharpened. I will be honest the look of the knife will be a factor in my decision, my wife and I were originally drawn to the shun brand due to there look. I am comfortable spending right around where the shun knives fall. I don't think I would want to spend any more per knife then what the shun cost. From browsing this forum it seems that shun is a decent knife but is a bit over priced for what you get. So after all that I am just asking recommendations on what I should do, keep the shun or look at another Japanese brand. If It's another brand I'm open to suggestions keeping in mind aesthetics and price at or around the shuns are my criteria. Thanks for any advise and sorry for any typos/bad grammar I'm typing this on my phone.