I tried searching but not sure I could find exactly what I was after. Been around the forums a bit so I think I know the questions & info needed for a recommendation.
Use: I already have 3 j-knives, although none are bigger than 8". For a couple reasons, I am without a knife at the current moment that has much heft to it. I'm a home cook so this knife will be handled carefully and taken care of. I need something to break down a chicken, skin a pineapple, cut the head off a fish, maybe cut something frozen... you get the idea.
Sharpening: Chef's choice 15XV. I know it's less than desirable but it's making me happy for the time being. 3 stages including one that is for stropping & polishing. One of the key considerations here is that it's 15* and I'd rather not buy something separate to sharpen this knife.
I think I'd like this to be a chef's knife, probably 10" and not some sort of clever. One option that comes to mind would be a Forschner 10" chef's knife. Only about $35 which is a sweet price.
But I'm interested in hearing some other examples in the $70-150 range. My expectations are not high for a "laser" cutting edge nor do I think it's even necessary for this knife and it's intended use. I just don't want to chip one of my j-knives while doing those somewhat non-routine tasks that I described above.
The more I spend, the more I'd care about aesthetics.
I appreciate your recommendations!