I'm from the camp that as long as the knife is sharp enough then the brand doesn't matter.
Some of my favorite knifes are cheap generic ones that I keep sharp.
If it feels right in your hands then it's what you want.
Putting and keeping an edge on steel isn't rocket science.
Yeah it may take practice but what better knife to experiment on then one you are dissatisfied with.
What's the saying? Try, try, and try again.
If you're not comfortable sharpening yourself then by all means have a pro do it.
If you want to invest then look at http://www.tormek.com/en/
It will sharpen whatever you want.
I have had success with simple oil stones to keep my kitchen tools sharp.
Goggle Black Hard Arkansas for as sharp as you should need to go.