I would have to agree on the ceramic's not worth the hassle.they do stay sharp thats for sure.
and as for kitchen knives my dad is a chef for a 5star catering company( 20 years military and retires to be a cook) and he is obsessive about knives. so far the best ones that he and I like the most are Furi they stay sharp and are reasonably priced. the best ones i found by them are the rachael ray gusto grips. got a set for $20 from sears sharp as hell and they got campin with me as well. had them almost 6 months now use them daily havent had to sharpen them yet does great on frozen chicken beef pork everything really gonna get another set soon!