I was reading the Budget Knife as a gift thread which was timely since I have a very similar question. Rather than hijack someone else's thread I thought I should start my own.
I have two friends that will be finishing culinary school this winter. Both are now doing their internships and it looks like they will be staying on when they finish. Both are working in a high end resort professional kitchen. Presently they have their school knives which I believe are Mercer Genesis knives. (as an aside, these may be good knives, but I have not been impressed with them. It's possible they just have not been sharpened properly, or ever). I realize that a knife is a truly person thing, it has to fit them, but I would like to give them each a knife, 10" or 270mm chef knife, as a graduation gift, something of quality to help them get started in the right direction. I wish I could get them a really really really great knife, but my budget only allows for about $100 per knife.
Please give some feedback especially since my familiarity with different knives is limited. I'm presently considering the following.
Stainless Steel Thiers-Issard Sabatier. I love my carbon Nogent but I think my friends really need stainless knives.
K-Sabatier. But I can't figure out which line of Stainless would be the proper or best one to get them.
Lamson-Sharp. I have and use this knife in 8"and love my own.
FKM. I had not considered this one until I read the Budget Knife gift thread.
Maybe a Misono Moly for my female friend, but it would be the 240mm one.
And I am very open to other brands that I have not listed, so feel free to comment. I'm looking for information and guidance.
Also, if people feel that a chef knife is just to personal to give as a gift, as an alternative I could get them each a really great, top of the line petty or paring knife
Thanks in advance!!