Hey! Tis the season to be recieving and giving. This time its recieving for me. Im looking for a few knifes. I am a home cook, but i think i want to get a little more serious about it. I have 2 nice sharpening stones a chosera 800 and 3000. I also have a piece of bassalt wood and some stropping compound. I currently have a kai wasabi chef knife and a vic paring knife. I have very soft plastic cutting boards. Not a whole lot of room in the kitchen for a butchers block board, but in the future hopefully at a new house there will be! I am not an expert sharpener yet, i am more of a beginner. I can get the knives about a 5 maybe a 6 out of 10 on a sharpness scale. Until i can get better im fine with sending them off to be sharpened. I usually use the knifes for cutting veggies, boneless meat, and fruit. Im looking for a nice set of steak knives probably 4. A chef knife A utility knife A pairing knife A bread knife I guess i could be convinced to get something else, maybe a slicer..but not sure if i NEED that right now. All together i have around $600 to spend all together on everything. Im not aure if im ready for the amount of work it takes to care for a carbon knife, but i could be convinced. Thanks for all the help!