My parents have a set of Cutco knives, which they've had for at least 25 years now. It makes me die a little on the inside when I go over there and see them sawing through vegetables, and I'd like to get them a better knife as a gift.
But... I don't want to get them the knife equivalent of a puppy, something that they're going to have to take care of and do a lot of extra work with and baby extravagantly. I could PROBABLY convince them not to put a knife in the dishwasher. Sharpening might happen annually or less frequently. Anything beyond that just wouldn't happen, and a knife that needed more than that would get shoved in a back drawer and ignored.
So, is there a knife that it makes sense to get for them, given that? Or, for their level of interest/care, is something like that old Cutco set as good as it gets?