Hey there! I'm a uni student working towards my MA and don't tend to have much money kicking around. However, Christmas is coming and this is an opportunity for me to ask for knives. Now, sharpening-wise I have a 1k grit whetstone, do I know how to use it? That is a different question entirely! (But I am practicing!) I recently purchased a Wusthof Classic pairing knife and a used stainless Sabatier elephant 8 inch off Ebay. I love the feel of the Sabatier and am interested in the best they can offer. Previous research in the forum led me to this site: http://www.thebestthings.com/knives but here I am faced with a whole choice of knives (wee bit overwhelming!). Now I know that I want a Sabatier, and research in the forum pointed me towards something around a 10 inch. What would you guys recommend? Just carbon steel? Canadian? Nogent? Thanks a lot guys! Hope I'm not repeating an earlier question but didn't find one!