Out of these three, what is everyones top recommendation? Here's what I've heard/read/found from talking to people in shops, reading boards, etc. Furi: slightly cheaper than globals, better handle (?) good steel. Global: expensive, well reputed, good steel, good handle. Wusthof: Best steel, most expensive, oldschool handle design. I've noted that the globals have a very thin piece of metal at the base of the blade would scrape against your forefinger if you push the knife into something. Does this happen? Are the wusthofs worth paying $40 or more per knife? Does a lighter, sharper knife lead to being able to more rapidly slice vegetables? I'm all about speed. I'm also a total, complete and utter kitchen newbie, but I am coordinated and want to make cooking as *efficient* as possible. Also, do you people always buy sets, or just get paring/chef/cleaver knives individually and ignore the rest? You'd think knife shopping would be easier.