I'm an amateur cook, with something of a passion for "good quality" tools (whether they're hammers and chisels or cook's knives!).
I want to get a good quality "last a lifetime" carving set. I'm not brilliant at sharpening - I can restore an edge with a steel, but not so handy with the whetstone, so want something that will keep its edge.
I'm torn between carbon and stainless steel. Carbon seems easier to sharpen (I'm not fussed about getting a patina/marks) but reading up it seems like the laminated stainless steel knives are just as good these days.
I also want something that "looks nice", and have a budget of around $200 for the set (I want to get a fork, too).
Shortlist so far is the Sabatier Elephant master carver (http://www.greatfrenchknives.com/carving.html) in stainless, the Sabatier Yatagan (http://thebestthings.com/knives/sabatiercarbon.htm) in carbon, the Wusthof Ikon (http://www.amara.co.uk/products/classic-ikon-2-piece-carving-set?amss=v8&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=organic) or maybe Henkels.
Have also thought about the Laguile carving sets, but they seem to vary in price / quality so I'm not sure how you know if you're getting something decent, or just paying for the style.
Any thoughts / experience / suggestions greatly appreciated!