I want to get a really nice knife to go along with one of my artisen cutting boards for our nephew and his bride to be. They are vegetarians, I don't hold that against them ;) but I also don't know exactly what the best knife would be if you are only cutting vegetables. I personally prefer a western chefs knife, I know many people like the santoku style knife and from reading on here, it appears there are some other styles that might also be very good for just vegetables. I know they don't have a good knife, they're just getting started and neither of them have jobs as rocket scientists or brain surgens, so money is tight for them, so I want to get them something that's really nice, but also very practicle. Something they will have for a very long time and can use and enjoy everyday.
I've looked around a little and have found some interesting knives, but I'm not familiar with many of the Japanese brands. Is Hattori a good brand, and if so, do I go for the Santoku, the Petty, the Guyto, or the Nakiri? Or are there other brands and styles that I should give serious thought to? I'd like to get them something a little out of the ordinary, so the Kitchenaid Santoku is out of the running. Thanks, I know you guys and gals will come through.