My husband and son are traveling to Tokyo for almost 3 weeks on business (in less than a month from now)....so I think it is a perfect opportunity to have them pick up a set of Japanese knives but the question is which is the best one for the $$$$? I can't afford a $1,000 knife and would love to get a great set of knives (or at least a few knives) for use in my home. I love to cook and have done so for years with my German knives but I am finding them to be heavy to use as I get older. Are there any knife factory stores that we should have them check out? I greatly appreciate your inputs and recommendations.