Is your counter height right for you?
My knife handle kept bumping into the bottom of my arm, or sliding into my sleeve. I thought it was the knife, as I moved into a new place around the same time that I bought the knife.
It turns out that my counter is just too high for me.
I never thought that it was something I had to check for!
Yes, counter height makes a big difference. If I am doing any real cooking I always wear clogs. The extra height helps.
I'm very short (5'2"). When we just redid our kitchen I had an opportunity to have the cabinet height adjusted. I didn't want to go too low in the kitchen proper 'cause we're nearing retirement and will want the house/kitchen to be resaleable in a few years but I was able to shave some off the working counters.
The good/great news tho, is that we set aside an area in the pantry for baking and did a counter at baking height and it's fabulous!
If you can have one spot scaled down to a height that's actually comfortable for you, you'll find that you really enjoy it. Failing that, I always found working on a table more comfortable than working at my counters for a long time.