After much time (about 6 months), work (late night eBay purchases) and of course money (don't even want to add it up), I have a nearly complete Spyderco Kitchen knife set. If I could just get that serrated bread knife my work will be complete. Picked up a few extra utility knives along the way that I have put away to sell at some point in the future.
These replaced our wedding gift knife set from 11 years ago. I was so paranoid when we had a house sitter in August that I had made a note and posted it on the knife block "Under penalty of DEATH, hand wash these knive ONLY, DO NOT place in dishwasher for any reason. "
Although I spent more than I would like to know or admit, it was well worth it these knives hold their edge, sharpen quickly, and look just awesome.