Neither am I out to impress - as I said, good knives are an investment to last a lifetime. They become trusted friends. Whatever top quality knives you choose will never let you down, provided you learn how to sharpen them properly. There is no snobbery in this. Some of my best knives are over 40 years old, and i wouldn't swap them for the world, but I would say, you really need to know how to sharpen them properly.
Enough is never as good as a feast Oscar Wilde