This makes a really nice addition to a chef's or santoku knife. Classic thin and low profile utility knife design, but with the Japanese twist of having more depth at the heel (where the blade meets the handle), so it's shaped almost like a mini chef's knife making even more useful as an all-around kitchen knife in my opinion. Makes an excellent short slicer or "sandwich knife" since at nearly 6" in length, it's practically the size of a short chef's knife or santoku. I use mine at home all the time now to easily and precisely dice onions, garlic cloves, ginger, peppers, and the rest of the usual common key ingredients. I even use it to trim and slice chicken breasts and other boneless meats... I find it just goes through them even more easily and effortlessly than my santoku or chef's knife. It's well made, good looking and affordable -- a great knife! As with all Misono knives, this is for right-hand use only. In beautiful black and white Japanese gift box.