I know i'm a noobie here
but in the past 17 years i've actually tried (and sold) a few dozen different sets of knives.
After a while i've noticed fatigue while using the knives, which now i attest was strictly my fault because i didn't handle it enough first and foremost. Thankfully however, i never bought a knife off the net just because it looks cool without trying it (because i'd be broke)!
Although through trial and error, from having custom knives to Chicago Cutlery i've realized i can no longer blame the knife
because it's my meat hooks "hands" (just shy of Arsenio Hall size and being ambidextrous).
In the begining every knife feels good, but for me, the longevity of the good feel wasn't there.
then recently i thought i was going to get a Shun set because i love the damascus "look" even though it's not a real actual damascus process, VG-10 "Cladding" which is a lamination......well...... i really wanted the Shun set untill i held them, used them, and realized it did not feel right in my hand (the shape of their handle makes for a "specific" handed knife).
In the past few years though, i was bound and determined to find something that did not have the potential to cause cutting fatigue. I had it down to five brands which were Wusthof Culinar, Kyocera, A.G. Russell VG-10, Boker Cera-Titan and Global (which i was not able to ultimately try or handle the A.G. Russell, or Boker).
Fortunately though, (through friends) i was able to try the remainder and finally got the best use out of Global. That nasty fatigue monster got the best of me with the other two only after a few hours of use but Global may seem to some as a bit smaller in handle design, i was able to utilize their shape the best and actually "finally" felt like an extention of my hand (and after a year it still feels as great).
So for all looking in the direction of new knives, spending sometimes 5 or 10 minutes with them, trying them out for a short while and making a final decision may not be enough!
Thanks for listening