A great all-around kitchen knife for home or professional use. This shape is the most essential of all knives used in the kitchen. 8-inch length is ideal for small spaces or smaller hands. Most any kitchen cutting, slicing and chopping is easily accomplished with this well-balanced tool featuring a comfortable and nearly indestructible grip and razor-sharp hardened stainless steel edge. This Wusthof Gourmet model is nearly identical in terms of the blade and handle (it has a similar full-tang, triple-riveted handle) to the best-selling 4582 Classic model, except it's not a forged blade, so it's not as expensive and it's lighter. But it's still the same metal, and still extremely sharp and strong. A high quality and very sharp knife! Ideal for culinary school students or as a graduation or other such gift because it's affordable, high quality, and rugged.