So I've been tasked with finding a knife (or a couple of knives) for my mother-in-law for Christmas.
She is the type who, for years, primarily used a steak knife to do her chopping, which she threw into a drawer. Maybe 8 years ago she upgraded to a very low-end set of Henckels knives with micro-serration. She was relatively happy with those but abused the hell out of them and they're now totally dull and completely dinged up.
She doesn't understand why anyone would use a cutting board instead of cutting on a plate or something (we have that discussion every time she reaches for MY knife block), and I'd be shocked if she would ever take a knife to be sharpened.
I'm thinking that one or two knives on the short side -- maybe a paring knife and a 6" blade of some sort -- would be ideal for a large enough range of tasks. That leaves the question of durability. Can anyone suggest something that can be tossed around and abused, that will last her for a handful of years? Ideally not extremely expensive.
Thanks in advance for help with this seemingly impossible task!