The Haul: I did a lot of research before investing in knives and want to thank everyone who responded to my post for inquires. Special thanks to ChefRob. He went out of his way to check out the contenders himself and offered great advice. I had been saving the last of a bonus I received and with the Amazon gift certificate (Thanks SMF and Jeff) I blew the wad. LOL This is what I purchased and look forward to a good new year of smoking and such. Henkel Synergy Forged set of 3: 8" Chef, 6" utility, 3" paring Forschner Victorinox 10.25" slicer: Poly blade protecters: 8 knife roll storage: Henkel Steel: I plan on keeping my flea market set of knives as my beaters. They sharpen pretty well for cheap steel and I see no reason not to continue to use them.