We are moving, and decided to scrap all of our junk. I'm not at all wealthy, but I love well made 'things.' I'm sick of owning stuff I wouldn't re-buy so I want to start saving my money and only buy quality items that will last me the rest of my life. I want to start in the kitchen since I cook a lot. I need a few knives and cookware. I currently have one saucepan with a lid that I like, one Le Crueset baking dish, an amazing pizza stone (ceramic coated good to 700f) and some Polish bowls and cups (I love the heft and durability, my wife likes the silly look). So the first thing I want to buy is a 'frying' pan, a chefs knife a 4.5" pairing knife and some utensils, I won't be able to afford more than $300 total. Do you know of cooking utensils that not only perform well and last but are considered exceptional values??? I had a couple of Calphalon pans a few years ago that I really liked (gave em away because we went to the Peace Corps), are they considered to be high quality? I've been reading a lot about knives and most of it seems contradictory, is there a high quality knife that everyone can agree I should buy and only costs around $75, for an 8" chef's knife? What cookware do you enjoy using? I've found the Le Creuset piece extremely easy to clean and doesn't chip easily, is there something of as good or better value out there? Thanks for the help on this, let me know if this is even possible, also consider that I make a VERY lousy salary but I love my job.