I thought I'd start this thread because every time I go into Costco, they have new or inexpensive cooking stuff. I've found a few things that I like and dislike. I've seen the harbor freight pass/fail threads on other forums and found them useful. (1st on left)
I will start with:
Tramontina Santoku Knife: Pass
These are under $20 usually and come in a 2-pack. I sharpened mine up and they easily take an edge. The intermittent use they see has not dulled the edge.
Tramontina paring knives: fail
These come in a 4 pack and usually are also under $20. They are just too flimsy and awkward for my taste. They use the same steel as the Santoku, so I suppose edge retention is also good. I just don't like them and will pull out my nicer paring knives every time. (2nd and 3rd from left)
So what have you guys found?