I like the Victorinox or Dexter-Russel Sani-safe knives for good, economical general use knives. I prefer a block although it does eat up counter space. For a paring knife, I have a nice little Wusthof. But, my sister got into the habit of using the Forschner/Victorinox paring knives when she was working at a fishery and they are pretty sharp and cheap.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
"perhaps...but then again...maybe not..."