This is a great all-around kitchen knife for home or professional use. This shape is the most essential of all knives used in the kitchen. 9-inch length is ideal for most of today's cooking styles. I really like this size in a chef's knife, because the smaller 8" is often overlooked in place of the popular 7" santoku style, and the 10" is just really a little too big for most people these days, so the 9" offers great performance and yet is still very easy and comfortable to handle. Precision forged from a single blank of steel with full tang. Features the popular new blade style without bolster, for ease of sharpening, full-blade length performance, and lighter weight. The handle is super-comfortable and made of the same excellent material that the Classic line is made of so it's comfortable and offers good grip even when wet, and it's polished so it looks beautiful and natural at the same time. The metal cap and overall shape also lends true elegance to the shape, and it's incredibly comfortable, no matter what kind of grip you prefer to use (pro-style "pinch grip" or standard grip on the handle). German forged steel quality for a lifetime of use.