Black Friday is right around the corner--EE had some pretty good deals last year. Just something to keep in mind.
Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller
Looking at Epicurean Edge is a little overwhelming. These seem like they might fit the bill:
9.5 in Henckels Miyabi
9.5 in Might Chef MAC
10 in Shun Classic
9.5 in Kumagoro
9.5 in Akifusa
I don't recognize any of these names from reading this forum other than the Miyabi which seems to be 50/50 love/hate here.
One of my concerns is knife maintenance. As I said, she has a friend do it for her, I am pretty sure on belts. She is not one who is going to pick up a set of water stones. I don't want to get her too much knife that sharpening is an issue. I think many Japanese knives would fall in this category. I just want to get something that is noticeably better. I don't know if that is an F. Dick or a CarboNext or what? I know it's not a Devin Thomas, a Gesshin Hide, etc.
Suisin Inox Western or CarboNext IMO. You don't need to spend any more than that.