I'm too lazy to take my good knives to get them sharpened as often as I should. I spent $25 at Costco and got a set of 4 ceramic knives which I really enjoy. So far they've stayed very sharp and I figure when they get dull or chip they go in the trash, the $25 basically makes them disposable and actually is only slightly more expensive than getting my good knives sharpened. If I figure in transit time to the knife store for sharpening then ceramic knives are really a good deal. I miss the weight of the steel, but I'm getting used to the lighter weights and the sharpness is remarkable.