I prefer forged knives for the quality of the steel. The arguments are extensive and long, but, essentially forging increases the ability of steel to take and hold an edge for a longer period of time. It has to do with grain orientation etc...
I would look for a forged knife with a solid handle, Consider Global as a good mid-price knife also.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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