Kasumitogi Deba 7-inch Chef's Knife

This knife from legendary Japanese maker Kikuichi (originally a producer of samurai swords; note the chrysanthemum logo seal of approval) uses two types of carbon steel — a softer one for flexibility and a harder one for durability. It’s one of the more expensive knives sold at the store, but certainly a worthy investment given the Kikuichi’s 700-year legacy. $270