If you’re willing to spend a bit more on your chef’s knife, get the Misen. The Everlane of the knife world, Misen is a direct-to-consumer start-up. Because of its cut-out-the-middleman model, the knife is more than half the cost of similar high-quality knives. The Misen knife, with its thin, sharp Japanese steel blade, is beautifully balanced; it’s nicely weighted, but delicate and easy to hold. It also looks great, and offers you the option of a pale blue, gray, or standard black handle.