This knife is very dependable. The long lasting resistance to tarnish and scratching makes it a necessity in my kitchen. Comfort The handle design and arc of the blade allow for a smooth motion when chopping and the ability to make smooth and consistent cuts when making any meal anytime. Performance I have been using these knives for quite some time and so has my mother and grand mother. And we all believe it or not share the same knife set that my grandmother bought so long ago and they are still going strong and have only been sharpened twice! Definitely the best investment of your money whether you are a beginner cook or professional chef. Durability The durability of this knife has no competition. The knives that we have been using from J.A. Henkle have only been sharpened twice in 11 years since we purchased them. They are extremely resistant to scratches and tarnishing and will be a part of my family for as long as I will live.