I'm getting my niece her first real chef's knife along w/ a sharpener & a magnetic strip holder as a housewarming gift for her first apt. I've narrowed the choices down to the 2 above. Anyone have experience w/ either of these and an opinion? Even better would be someone who's tried them both and likes one better than the other.
Yes, I know many people are using a 7" santoku knife these days as their all-purpose go-to knife, but I feel that the chef's knife will be more versatile, since she will only have it and a parer. She doesn't do anything complicated like de-boning, fileting or making sushi, but she might want to cut up a pan of brownies, and I can't see her doing that w/ a santoku.
Looking forward to the responses.