If you're serious, I'd buy the book: An Edge in the Kitchen, by Chad Ward. Have added a few since reading it, and everything he says is spot on and well supported. Great resource.
FWIW, I laid down the coin and bought a Mac MTH-80 (one of his recommendations), and it's my every day kitchen knife and I love it. Also recommend the Messermeister line for great value for outdoor cooking.
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