hey guys first off i gotta say i'm really impressed at the amount of knowledge on here. i'm dead chuffed to have stumbled onto this website. so i hope you don't mind if i ask your collective advice. about me. okay, i'm a total newb when it comes to cutlery. i have a half decent set of Global knives right now, but i only recently started to learn to sharpen them properly. i'm not a professional chef so i don't have to spend hours doing repetitive cutting. but i do like to do things "properly" so i'm keen to learn all i can. my current knife collection feels like it's missing a couple of key knives - a slicer and a carver to start with. but instead of spending a couple of hundred quid on getting the global versions, i'm wondering about whether it might be better to stumble on with what i have while i'm learning sharpening and cutting skills, and save that cash to put towards a newer more exciting set of knives. i've been looking around on the web at various knives, including: Fujiwara FKM Stainless Global Knives Kai Shun Kaji knives Kai Shun Premier Tim Mälzer Knives Kasumi Damascus knives Misono UX 10 Nenox Togiharu Tojiro "Flash" DP Damascus Series aka Senkou Tojiro DP Cobalt Alloy Steel Series Tojiro SD Molybdenum Vanadium Steel Series Yoshikane hammer finished I know that y'all professional chef types will have a mix of knives from a mixture of sources, but i'd prefer to stick to one type. cause that'll look nice. and i want a set of knives that looks nice as well as performing well. so i've been looking at what knives are available in the various sets verses which knives i like the most from my current global set, verses the knives i think i might want based on my own experience and also reading various threads with various advice that was offered to other newbs. The set that i'm currently leaning towards is the Tojiro "Flash" DP Damascus Series aka Tojkiro Senkou knives. The specific knives within this set i am thinking about purchasing include: 9cm Tojiro Senkou Paring Knife 13cm Tojiro Senkou Utility Knife 15cm Tojiro Senkou Boning Knife 16cm Tojiro Senkou Chef’s Knife 18cm Tojiro Senkou Chef’s Knife 21cm Tojiro Senkou Carving Knife 24cm Tojiro Senkou Bread Knife 24cm Tojiro Senkou Slicer Knife *pics of each below. Total cost for all these knives will run me approx £900. That's about $1500 of your USD. So what do you guys think? Am i missing anything i might later learn to want? Any horror stories about these knives i should be aware of? Anything not horrible but worth knowing about these knives? And gang for my buck elsewhere i should be looking at? Any and all advice gratefully received!