For those who are frustrated with the expense and upkeep of knives, PC has introduced 3 ceramic knives, $15 to $25.
I started with the $15 general purpose knife. Lightweight, 5" blade in the all purpose French style. Cuts through beef shoulder like butter. Hopefully it will continue for a year or so, with care, then I'll replace it. It comes with a useful plastic guard, and staining is not a problem.
I'll be back next week for the 8" chef's knife, still under $25.
If you try one, keep your sales receipt, because PC Canada products are easy to return if not satisfactory.