I will start off by apologizing, because i'm sure this question has been beat into the ground. However, I am having a difficult time narrowing down a selection, and when spending this much money I don't want to be disappointed. I am an at home cook, and by no means a professional. However, I do know my way around a kitchen and have decent knife skills. I have decided I would like to purchase my first "real" knife. I have looked at shun's and MAC's thus far. I of course have preferred the look of the shun knives compared to the MAC's. I am left handed which does seem to be an issue with the shun classic. I am also looking for a cutting board to help preserve the edge of this knife as well, so any input there would be appreciated. My budget for the Knife is $200. I am just looking for a nice knife I can have for years and get the "most bang for my buck" so to say. Thanks for your time and input.