I am in no way a chef but every since my son has finally shown an interest in something other then video games.... (He is 17) I am all in with the support. His first real dinner he made with only support. (He actually did all the real work) was a Beef Wellington recipe he used from Chef Ramsey. Well he is now more confident after that superb dinner he is preparing to do Thanksgiving dinner. To help him I would like to make a gift on his birthday of some nice knives and he mentioned he would like a good meat tenderizer as he feels bludgeoning a piece of meat lacks finesse and tends to destroy the meat. He mentioned Ramsey just uses a meat fork and I would think there would be better options. We has a little device bought online with a bunch of spikes and a small plate with a spring to help dislodge the metal tines from the meat but quality... let say it lasted a year but eventually kaput. Advice on something nice and might last. Also would love to get him a nice starter set of Knives for his birthday (Dec 18th) far from rich like many I'm sure so am trying to do the best I can on a budget. Thank you all and am enjoying being a member of massdrop. It is unlike anything I've used so far and that is by far the best compliment I could give.