An excellent choice for home or professional use. This size just feels great and balanced and easy to hold and handle. It's the ideal size for home use, and many pros are now using 8" knives too, so it's not out of the question for a working chef or culinary school student. The handle is just the right size for the blade and the fit and finish are excellent, making this a fantastic value for someone looking for a quality Japanese made knife with high quality and yet easy-to-maintain molybdenum steel.
Please note that these are sharpened mostly on the right side and so are only suitable for right-hand use.