Although I use the awesome Kyocera ceramic serrated slicing knife for bread and tomatoes, I cut everything else with one of three Henckels Twin Cusine knives: 4" Paring Knife, 6-Inch Chef's Knife, and a 7-Inch Hollow-Edge Santoku.
Having used many of the fancy German, Japanese and American knives, I can recommend these without hesitation, but they've been discontinued by Henckels, and the remaining stock is selling fast. The blades are precision forged with Henckels' exclusive Friodur process, which improves both stregnth and corrosion resistance, and have a full-tang frunning from the blade to the end of the handle for balance and control. The countour-molded polypropylene handles are super comfortable and rivet-less, which makes them dishwasher-safe (though handwashing is recommended). They're made in Germany (Henckel's cheaper knives are from China), look and feel even more expensive than they are, and they're backed by a limited lifetime warranty. In addition to value-priced sets many of the single knives are available through Amazon's 4-for-3 promotion, making it even more affordable to pick and choose your own ideal combination. (Get the 4-piece set pictured and the 7-Inch Hollow-Edge Santoku for under $250, and you've got a highly versatile, highly affordable German-made knife set). But don't delay. These knives will be gone soon.