Chef Knife Buying Tips?

Looking in the market for a chef knife that will not drag me down in basic food preparation for a culinary course, any tips or specific knives to look for? Tips I got so far: German knives = sturdier = better for basic food prep Japanese knives = sharper = better for delicate cleaner cuts, but aren't as... show more Looking in the market for a chef knife that will not drag me down in basic food preparation for a culinary course, any tips or specific knives to look for?

Tips I got so far:

German knives = sturdier = better for basic food prep
Japanese knives = sharper = better for delicate cleaner cuts, but aren't as strong as German

Non-stainless carbon knives = can be sharper
Stainless steel = dulls easier

Cutco = Crap

Slick non-serrated blade is better for chef knives

So, what is best for me to buy???
Any good chef knives/tips?
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