What an excellent santoku, and an even better value! I'm selling more and more of these to professional chefs who are looking for a high quality Japanese knife with excellent workmanship, materials, fit and finish, but at an affordable price and with ease of maintenance. This knife is a hit on all those counts. It looks good, the finish is truly excellent, and the edge is fantastic and yet not TOO thin to render it fragile like some Japanese knives (I've never had a single report of a problem with any Misono I've ever sold, and I sell plenty to pros who use them all day long). This is an excellent knife by any standard, and at this price, well, it's really a no-brainer. I can honestly and heartily recommend this knife (and ALL the knives in the Misono Moly line actually) for someone looking for a high quality true working tool.
As with all Misono knives, this is for right-hand use only. Makes a great gift for culinary school students, friends, family, or anyone else who appreciates a quality tool but who doesn't want to fear owning a fragile or finicky-to-maintain knife.
Don't forget to pick up a ceramic honing rod. Even the best knives need regular touch-up maintenance to keep the edge in tip-top shape, and these very fine ceramic hones are perfect for maintaining the nice polished edge on a Misono knife.