Not to get all Crazy Japanese Slasher on you, but I bought a new toy in Japan. I happen to find a knife place near Tsukiji Market and needed to get my mom a Kuri cutter (chestnut cutter). Don't ask. Anyhow, I really wanted to buy a knife from Japan since I used to always favor using my mom's knives from Japan over all the other crap she had in her drawer.
I do realize that I know absolutely nothing about cooking and my knife skills are pretty much relegated to the skills of someone in the 3rd grade. Furthermore, the sales guy knew ZERO english except "Stainless steel" or "Carbon Steel". I told him "Carbon Steel" despite the fact that it'd be more of a pain in the butt to keep it rust free (that was another english word he used in describing the stainless steel). He also said something about a blue steel core but I wasn't sure I understood that correctly.
Anyhow, he showed me a line up (after I eplained to him that it'd be for HOME, NON PROFESSIONAL use). I ended up picking each one of the four and testing the feel of each one. I decided which one I liked best and asked Erin for her input. She chose the "pretty one" which just so happened to be the one that felt the best. Needless to say, it was also the most expensive out of the four knives.
I haven't used it yet but let's all hope I don't slice my fingers off! It's super sharp...