What opened your eyes to good knives, and set you out to find the forum/shop/maker that makes you the nut you are today? Everyone remembers the knife they got fed up with, but something gave you hope that something better HAD to be out there.
When I was a kid, our knives were always dull, despite being carbon Sabs. I watched the Miracle Blade ads as a kid abd was so impressed by the design ideas. I turned pro and was disappointed with the lack of improvement. Then the sushi bar times.
But it was Alton Brown's emphatic endorsement of Shun,a brand I've never owned, that made me believe there are really great performing knives in the world. And he's right 98% of the time(his favorite personal knife is his Carter Funy).
Maybe it was a gift knife out of the blue that knocked your socks off, or was a friend with a Global tatoo--what was your Obi-Wan Kenobi?