Hi All, I am not a chef, not even close but I love cooking. I am trying to buy a nice knife for a good friend. Need it quickly because I have done so much searching on google for so long and its all so overwhelming that I cant make a decision and am utterly confused. I found this site where I have read through a bunch of posts on japanese knives. Its all very interesting but I cant make seem to pull the trigger with peace of mind on a decision. PLEASE HELP. I know you all probably get tired of this but youi are my last shot. I dont want to go to Macys and buy their nicest wusthof like I did last time and its sitting in his drawer broken - the handle came apart. I am set on Japanese tho, so heres what I am looking for: $210 or less or more...but not much more Hes a non-chef but likes to cook at home -he would be chopping veggies, nothing too crazy like butternut squash or anything. He would be slicing chicken breasts or cooked flank steak, splitting apart wings for the grill but not splitting breasts in half. Not too long of a knife - I dont see him wanting that at all - I dont see the tip being of too much importance to him bcz that seems like a more professional use of the knife Hes probably not a rock chopper so maybe more of a push type cutting/chopping one that holds and edge and requires less sharpening but he does have a place that he can take the knife to for sharpening - he would not be doing his own sharpening it would be his only knife so an all around general one would be good and last Hes small in stature and his hands are not large, so one that would fit nicely. hes the type that likes nice things, he doesnt have much money but when he buys something he researches, saves for it and gets a really nice "it" - so an aesthetically impressive knife would be kind of important Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated please please please.....and THANK YOU.