This is so dorky, but:
I saw Julie and Julia a few weeks ago, and something was mentioned about regular steel knives being far superior to stainless, and then I just read the little last page interview in Bon Appetit with Stanley Tucci where he mentioned the same thing. He said using regular steel vs. stainless was one of the big things he took away from being in the movie, and that he bought his knives in France.
This makes sense - my dad's carbide steel Case pocket knife is much better than my stainless one. Sure, it has to be looked after a little more, but it gets MUCH sharper.
I want one of these knives to check out, probably a 8" to 10" chef's knife. If anybody can point me in the right direction, it'd be much appreciated.