I have purchased 4 of these knives, it started with a gift for someone who had neither the time nor the desire to maintain a knife that required a lot of care. It was so well received her brother got one as well. At the point where I actually received one myself this knife was the favourite knife in three households. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do since I actually like sharpening knifes and maintaining the ones that require a lot of care. The long and short of it is that now it's one of my favourite knives as well. It has a beautiful balance, feels wonderful in the hand, is incredibly versatile, I can't think of a task it doesn't handle superbly, and it's wickedly sharp right out of the box, equally excellent at chopping vegetables or slicing a fine roast. Anyone looking for an excellent quality, low maintenance, versatile knife couldn't go wrong.