Originally Posted by Andy M.
It might be a good idea to start by having your current knives professionally sharpened.
This is the best advice of all.
Old knives are not necessarily inferior. My knives are all at least 30 years old. But I keep them protected in a knife block, steel them regularly, and have them sharpened as needed. I seriously doubt that I will ever replace them - there is no need. Good, well maintained knives will last a lifetime.
A professional can sharpen them better than when they were new. They can often repair damage from abuse. And they can show you how to properly maintain them.
So unless there is something about "the wife's"
knives, I'd take Andy's advice and sharpen them. Then use them for a while to see what does & doesn't work for you. At this point in your journey, I doubt you really know what exactly you need in a knife.