When looking for great knives, do a little research. There are a number of good brands out there, and the best of them will offer lifetime guarantees. Find out what matters most to you. Natural-material handles are very nice, but tend to be harder to keep clean. Synthetic material may not look as nice, but are a lot easier to maintain. Check the balance on anything you buy, test the feel of the handle, ask about how they can be sharpened. (some blades require special tools for sharpening). I personally use Cutco, but that's just me.