If you've got someplace that sells a bunch of knifes near you, here's my advice: Go try a bunch. Pick them up and see how they feel in YOUR hand, and hands are different in size and shape. Different people have different tastes in knives, and you should get something you like.
Then, after you find some that you like, research the construction (stamped/forged, type of steel, etc) and remeber what you will primarily be using the knife for. Different tools for different jobs.
Do you want a gently curved blade that you can rock through it's full length, or one that flattens out and is more of a chopper than a rocker (does that make ANY sense?).
Get something that you want, not what somebody else likes.
(having said that, I look at the Hattoris above and drool