The Santoku knife, as its name suggests, comes from Japan. It can be seen as the equivalent of the western chef's. It cuts as well as a chef's but with a slight inclination for fish and delicate vegetables such as mushrooms.
The Evercut Furtif series of knives feature a steel blade with laser-bonded titanium carbide surface that is designed to last much longer between sharpenings than conventional knives. Made in France.