I am just a home cook with increasing interest in cooking better meals at home. I've only been cooking regularly for about a year don't have any training, etc., but I've watched several instructional videos on the web and I think I have what I would refer to as very basic knife skills. I know how to hone, but not how to sharpen. I've been reading the board all morning and I know you guys frown upon knife sets, but I can't help it, that's what I want. This will be in a contemporary home, so while obviously function of the knives is most important, decor is as well. My present set is a forged set of JA Henkels that I got from Costco as a housewarming present (not the same as, but comparable to the set they have on their website now for ~$200). I feel I'm outgrowing these knives and desire something better. Also my girlfriend's knives are horrendous (Walmart Special) and I want to pass these down to her because I do cook at her place on a regular basis and this way I can kill two birds with one stone and upgrade at both kitchens. Based on my budget, my desire for a set (including steak knives) and from what I've read on this forum this morning I've narrowed it down to Victorinox Forschner knives, but I can't decide between the Rosewood: http://tinyurl.com/3q6kjob or the Forged: http://tinyurl.com/3pz6xts. I like the look of the Forged set since it's similar to what I have now and I don't really care for the wood handles in general, plus it has more knives (often my girlfriend and I cook together), but with both sight unseen I'm not sure if it's worth 2.5x the price of the Rosewood. Are there big quality differences between stamped & forged knives? Obviously I'm used to the heft of a forged knife already, so I'm not sure how I'll adjust to a lighter stamped knife (though I'm intrigued because what I've read here, the better your knife skills the lighter/sharper the knife you want). Does anyone have experience with both of these knives? Thoughts, suggestions? I am in San Diego, CA, so please suggest any retailers that I might be able to see both sets in person if you know of any in the area. For all I know the Rosewood looks beautiful in person. Thanks for your time!