Hello all, This is my first post so please be patient if something is in the wrong spot or is in any other way wrong. I want to give knives as present to a friend. He cooks at home and likes good quality knives as he appreciates the difference they make to preparation. So much so that he has personally given quite a few knives sets as gift. He now uses global bought a few years back and i'd like to buy a good set for him spending around usd500 or a little more for 3 basic knives. I would like to get the damascus as he has tried a Yaxell Ran Santoku knife and likes the cutting and hestetic qualities. As some very knowledgable people in this forum are strongly against the Shuns i would like to consider the following: Ran Tojiro Kasumi Amy other suggestion? Also i'd like to consider other 'pretty' knives that arenot damascus but are good looking enough to have a very hestetic appeal. Among these i put the I.O.Shen and the Tamahagane. Any suggestion or tip will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.