My mom gave me some old Slap Chop she had laying around. I actually have very good knife skills, somehow. Youtube helped a lot, but I've always been good with a blade. Putting an edge on them has been a learning experience, but when it HAS an edge... oh buddy, watch out.
I might pull out that Slap Chop thing and see if it's worth keeping.
For everyone lopping finger tips off, google claw grip. Your tips will thank you, your knuckles might get angry for the first spell of the learning curve.
The Life of the Knife is Ended By! The Wife.