Originally Posted by Nellie Oleson
Thanks for the input. I have looked some more and agree that collecting what we need over time will be more fun, less expensive, and less inpulsive. Also, getting a few at a time will make good gifts for holidays such as Mother's and Father's day.
I think we'll start with the 8'' Chef's Knife and the 3 1/2'' Paring Knife that is sold as a gift set, along with a sharpening steele and knife block.
I started with a small Wusthof GP set and added to it and have been very happy. I think the 8 chefs and paring knife is the perfect start for you.
Honing steel is a good idea.
A knife I use a lot (like others here) is my serrated bread knife.