I keep Chicago Cutlery around the house (ducking). It works OK, and I'm not worried about my friends using them and doing any damage to them. OTOH, the primary knife that I use is a vintage carbon steel 12" Sabatier chef's knife. This knife works for ME, which is the most important thing to consider. If you buy the latest and greatest due to great reviews, recommendations, etc., and find out later that you don't like it's feel, you won't use them. Go try out different brands and find out which one is the most comfortable in your hand. That brand is the best, because you will use it more readily.