I wanted some nice kitchen knives for Christmas. I have been lusting after some $70-120 sets at kitchen supply houses this past year as my wife and I browse outlet malls. My wife was smarter than me though - she first did some internet research about good kitchen knives and then asked a friend of mine for help chosing some knives. Instead of getting a set of knives she only got me three knives. She got me three German Zwilling J.A. Henckels Professional "S" knives and a magnetic hanger for the knives. She spent about three times the $ for those three knives than I was expecting her to spend on a full set... but OH MY GOSH those are the nicest knives I have ever used! She DID GOOD!! My friend's suggestion to my wife (which after using these knives I love) is to buy a few more knives each year - a couple for my birthday, a couple for Christmas, a couple just because and slowly add to this collection.