Chicago Cutlery DesignPro 8-inch Chef Knife

You probably can't afford to have a professional chef over your shoulder reminding you to use proper knife skills, but you can afford the Chicago Cutlery DesignPro 8-inch Chef Knife. The Japanese steel blade has a laser-etched grip that guides your thumb to the best position for balance and control, so you'll cut cleaner and faster – and save your fingers. [$34; amazon.com]