Thank you, all. Although its seems stunningly fatuous that i did not think of dulling the hell...but I didn't. A few of the knives recommended are very tempting, so i think I'll dull the heel for now and keep shopping. I'm still thinking about the 6" Kramer high carbon chef, but the Stephen fowler is certainly very attractive, too.
If you have a Sur La Table near you, I would go and try it out in the store and see if it will fit your needs. I did that when I picked up my 10" chef knife. I was leaning towards the 8" but the 10" felt right.
Originally Posted by dennis7490
I do have one near me. Being able to handle the knife is very important.