Wusthof Trident, a well-known manufacturer of fabulous knives, has a wonderful incentive program for people who sell their knives -- they return a small percentage of their sales to their salespeople, thus enabling folks who sell their knives to own some for free! (Their thinking is, if people use their knives at home and like them, they will be more inclined to say wonderful things about them when they sell them.)
Since my place of employment sells Wusthof, we get a gift card every month with a portion of our Wusthof sales from the previous month on it! In just two months, I was able to save up enough for a very nearly free knife and steel! (After the gift cards, I think I had to kick in seven bucks, which just covered tax.) See how pretty:
For you sharps snobs out there, that's a Wusthof Grand Prix 8 inch cook's knife, and their 9 inch steel. Wee.
Off to chop something. Who knows what I'll be chopping, but it will be AWESOME.