I have wanted to purchase a nice set of knives for many years, so I finally broke down and got two of them, this one and a 5" utility knife (also reviewed). This knife is SHARP, and the edge is holding eve with consistent use. I make sure to wash and dry it by hand after I use it, and I know it will last me until I die. The only reason it lost a star is that Zwilling does not offer any knife block that will actually hold this knife! If you are holding the knife and the sharp edge of the blade is on a chopping block, the height of the knife, from the sharp edge to the top (back) of the blade is so tall that no blocks have slots wide enough to hold this knife. So, I have to keep it in the box, which I'm not so happy about. Seriously, Zwilling, you make a knife but no block capable of holding it? I'm not sure I would by this same knife again, I might buy one slightly smaller because of this, but honestly it's the only thing I can say negative about it. This knife is awesome!
These knives are beautiful and I often find myself just staring at them as they sit on my kitchen counter. Each knife is one piece of steel, and the handles are perfectly weighted. Naturally, as they are brand new, they cut well. I enjoy preparing meals even more, knowing I get to use my new knives. It will be interesting to see how they behave over time. For now, however, I am very happy with them.
Wanting to upgrade some of our kitchen knives, mostly for my husband who does the majority of slicing and dicing, I took some time to read lots of reviews and watch some comparisons on You Tube of these knives and the Shun Premiere which we originally had decided on. This knife is gorgeous and has been a dream to use prepping meals. My husband could not be happier!
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