One of my all-time favourite 8" chef's knives! Fantastic choice for someone looking for something special for themselves or as a gift with a touch of luxury and exclusivity. This is the top-of-the-line Misono knife, and the highest quality knife I sell. Classic chef's knife shape, for everyday all-around use. Preferred by many serious home and professional cooks. Good heft for serious cutting, but still easy to handle. Top-quality blade and construction in a classic shape -- like a good old German or French professional knife, only better. Super choice for people who want a single all-purpose knife. The steel used in these blades is very hard and so takes an edge great and keeps it remarkably well, but it's not so hard that it's difficult to sharpen or fragile or prone to cracking or chipping.
Don't forget to pick up a ceramic honing rod for normal everyday maintenance. Even the best knives need regular touch-up maintenance to keep the edge in tip-top shape!
These knife blades are sharpened more on the right side than the left. It's not like Japanese sushi knives which are about 99% on the right, but it's still somewhat evident (compared to European knives which are usually 50/50 symmetrical): Misono states that the ratio is 70% right side to 30% left side. Basically, the angle on the right side is smaller than the short/steep angle on the left (you can see it just by looking at the edge, so it's not too difficult to figure out when honing or resharpening). The angles are roughtly 10-12 degrees right, 20 degrees left. This results in superior cutting and slicing action, but please note that this means that these knives are meant for RIGHT-HAND USE ONLY.