I'm looking for a new chef knife. I have a large collection of knives but the only thing I lack is a very good quality chef knife. I have been using lesser quality chef knives that I'm tired of trying to keep sharp.
I have used several top quality knives before. I currently own a Henkels utility knife, Wustof paring knife, 3 Kyocera ceramics, etc....
What I'm looking for is a large, good quality, chef knife. One of my favorites that I have used is my friend's Global 10". I liked it but I'd like to get something a little different. I have looked at the Shun 10" and like it. I know some people have said it's too big, but I'm comfortable with that size. I love my ceramics but I'm tired of being overly cautious not wanting to break them.
SO here's my question. What is everyone's favorite brand of chef knife? What size? Do you sharpen them yourselves or have them professionally done?