I am looking for an eight (probably) or ten inch chef's knife to use in my GF's apartment. Her knives are terrible, but she doesn't cook much any more, and doesn't need (or know how to use or properly care for) a good quality blade. I was thining of getting a Forschner because of price and because it's more than acceptable for her needs, and will be a BIG improvement over the junk she's now using. However, I was wondering what the next step up in quality might be. What would you recommend as a somewhat better knife keeping in mind that GF doesn't need a high quality blade. In fact, the main reason I want to get her a new knife or two is for my use - I cook at her house several times a week and would like to use something better than what's currently in her knife block. Thanks!