I'm a bit of a knife junkie. Serious regular cook that likes the tools of the trade. I was not familiar with this brand and had been looking for one of these smaller ******** to add to my collection. I had seen the Shun but thought I'd try this first. I was not familiar with this handle composite but like it very much. It has just enough surface texture to be stable when my hands are wet. I also like the slight amount of extra heft in this handle. I sometimes find that the super light knives like the Global ones are just too light. The Shun of this size feels too insubstantial. This has a nice balance - you know its there but you wont fatigue using it. The hammer finish and wave line detail on the blade make it super pretty. I can tell I am going to loose this one to my wife. I was also surpised at the great edge out of the box. I often want to get new knives to a whetstone before I use but this one was ready to go. Well done.
I bought the chef knife as well as the utility knife about a year ago from Overstock. Great selection to choose from, absolute best price around. I still use these knives everyday at work. LOVE THEM>
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