Hey, I'm looking into starting my first nice knife set. Probably just starting with a chefs knife for now and expanding over the next couple years. I don't know a ton about knives but am drawn to damascus steel. Visually the Miyabi Birchwoods are stunning... but at that price are they worth it from a performance standpoint? The little bit of research i've seen seems mixed, just curious what everyone on here thinks! Thanks! Also, while I wont be putting them in the dishwasher or leaving them wet. I'm not sure if i want to deal with the extra maintenance of super high carbon steel... I'd also love to hear any recommendations anyone might have.