A while ago, I bought a most amazing carbon steel petty knife that everyone was saying is the best bang for the buck and "semi-stainless" and thin and sharp. I also bought a King combination sharpening stone that I'm still a little scared to use. Anyway, lately, I've been thinking about spending a little more on a chef knife to get something special from one of these custom knife makers. I can't seem to decide. I don't want to spend a fortune but I do want it to be as good as the Carbonext that I already have. Maybe I should just stick with what I know is good.