Value over Price
Thank you for pointing out that the price of a chef's knife shouldn't be the first factor you evaluate. With a tool this useful and used, it is actually cheaper to purchase a high quality knife initially since it will last much longer and be a more effective, comfortable tool. A less expensive knife will actually cost more over the long run because you will need to replace it eventually. An important lesson that has been co-opted by the continual marketing bombardment of Wal-mart.