I don't consider myself a knives connoisseur however being fortunate enough to be exposed to the Japanese culture after numerous trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, I developed a great admiration for their workmanship for everything they do, including or especially sharp blades of any kinds (swords, knives, straight razors) I own a mix of Japanese and European knives of various quality levels from your average Canadian Tire products to entry level Japanese Damascus sets (Shun Premier). Wanted to use more the Shun chef knife but found it too big for majority of the daily tasks. A friend of mine recommended a Santoku. After some research I ran in to Paul's website and started to learn more about the Sakai Takayuki products. This Kengata Santoku knife appealed to me from a visual perspective and, also, found a few positive video reviews that convinced me to give it a try. The purchasing experience was a super positive one. Placed the order on the weekend and the knife was already at the post office on Monday afternoon. The knife was well packaged and arrived in perfect shape. A lot of reviewers did not like the "factory micro bevel" however I found it as sharp as all my other knives. Perfect fit and finish rivaling the Shun set I own and with a good balance due to the shorter blade, this knife started to climb the "go to" scale to the point where it became the most used knife in the house. Thank you Paul for bringing such great quality products to the Canadian market.