Great tutorial on what to look for in a knife to suit your cutting style and needs. This is an interview with David Holly of the Knife Merchant.
Notes: LONG video, lots of detail - start at 2:28 to avoid the blah-blah.
You can't see much of it in this picture but that is a eight inch Messermeister Meridian Elite that is 20 + years old. It has a bolsterless heel which I prefer. Made in Solingen Germany, Forged, Tripe Riveted. Maybe the best purchase I've ever made...
I'm without a mandoline for now, so making a nice marinated vegetable salad for the week is up to me and my knife (Yoshihiro VG-10 46). I have a nice bread knife and after that, some cheap carbon steel sushi knife. That's it. Three knives. Gonna live that three knife lifestyle—and eat a ton of vegetables.