Virtually every chef agrees that a sharp, well-balanced Chef's Knife is the essential workhorse for any kitchen.
Unlike a cheaper knife, a high-quality knife will stay sharper longer, allow you to cut through anything in the kitchen with ease, last a lifetime, and in general, make cooking easier and more fun.
Point is, it's a piece worth investing in. The problem has been the astronomical price tag that comes with a great one. Until now.