There are two popular kitchen knife styles, Western and Japanese. Many people get German knives if they go the western route. Wusthof and Henkles are both popular brands. Japanese knives tend to be more expensive, but are usually harder, and sharpened at a lower degree angle. This means they will stay sharp longer, and allow for thinner slicing. This also means they will last longer, since you don’t need to sharpen them as often.