I've found myself suddenly and unwillingly thrust into the knife world. You see, I hadn't been planning to think about knives at all until such a time that I lived primarily by myself - and right now I live in a house with five other roommates.
We've been making due with a ragtag assortment of *terrible* knives, that until yesterday was more or less an okay situation. We had been relying almost entirely upon one of my roommate's Kyocera 5.5'' Santoku for practically all our needs. Unfortunately, yesterday as we were trying to half some gigantic onions, the blade just snapped right off in my hands.
So now I'm responsible for solving our no-knife problem... and frankly, I'm not sure what to do about it. Clearly it wouldn't be advisable to spend the money on a really nice knife considering the amount of abuse it would get in our kitchen. Several of my roommates dishwash everything indiscriminately, and they won't believe me when I tell them it's bad for certain kitchen items. On top of that none of us have any experience with competently sharpening knives.
I'm kind of tempted to go on the ceramic knife route again because they seem to hold an edge the longest, but I'm afraid we'll just break it again. I don't know much about steel knives, but it sounds like the affordable ones would be a "soft" steel that would demand frequent maintenance to keep an edge and wouldn't respond well to the abuse my roommates would put it through.
Should I just buy terrible 10-20 dollar knives and replace as necessary? What would you do in my situation?