Making dinner the other night, while sharpening my trusty stainless steel chef’s knife- I realized I got it before taking cooking lessons from Lucy Waverman, the famed chef, teacher and author. I’ve had that knife for 40 years! It’s a beautiful Henckels 9″ Chefs knife and has supplanted many a gadget thats come and gone through my kitchen. If you buy a good chef’s knife and care for it properly, you should never have to replace it.Avoid knives that have a serrated cutting edge or those than claim to ‘…never need sharpening”. Good knives Do need sharpening. Buy a chef’s knife that you feel comfortable holding. And get a honing steel and use it regularly to keep your knife sharp.