I'm looking to get a knife or a set/couple for my mom as a Christmas present. She's not a professional chef or anything, but the current collection of knives we have are not too great. I think a versatile knife would be best since there aren't really any specific dishes she (or we) make regularly.
Basically I want something very well made, super sharp, and Japanese. Japanese mainly because I think they look cool and know there are some real quality knives that come from there.
I have absolutely no clue about kitchen knives. But, ideally this knife would be used for normal things like preparing chicken, steak, pork, other meat, and maybe cutting fruit or vegatables etc... I would say the price range is below $200. I tried searching google first but there are just SO many websites with all sorts of different information and I always find it easier to come to a forum where I know people will know what they are talking about. :)