Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef Japanese Petty (Utility) Knife 180mm (7.1") Wooden Handle, Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule This knife makes a great short slicer, long utility knife, or sandwich knife, and since it's the same size as a small chef's knife or santoku, yes, it can certainly be used as a small everyday chef's knife (though it's narrow profile since it's still technically a "slicer"). It uses an excellent stainless "super steel" so the blade is hard (HRC of at least 60) for superb edge retention and sharpness, durable, rust-free and easy to maintain, and you get the very useful and standard Japanese style petty (utility) knife shape. But the handle is traditional wooden Japanese-style, and you even get a beautiful water buffalo horn ferrule (bolster). Note that the exact bolster colour will vary... there is normally some variation and marbling which only adds to the natural beauty of the material. This is a very lightweight knife -- the blade is thin, and the handle material (natural wood) is light, so the overall weight is just 65g. This means that it does NOT feel large since it's so light and easy to handle. The blade and edge are expertly finished and VERY sharp. This is a great looking and high performance knife. Highly recommended!
Note: The edge is ground 50/50, so it's fine for left or right hand use.
I would recommend the fine Idahone ceramic hone listed below for everyday maintenance.