You will never go wrong buying a J.A.Henckels knife. This particular knife offers an eight inch blade making it ideal for most jobs in the kitchen. Solidly made with the blade extending straight through into the handle in one continuous sheet of high quality steel. It is well made piece of equipment that will last you a life time It is a good and sound investment. This knife will hold it's edge and be very sharp for a long time.It is dishwasher safe with no danger of the handle becoming loose. It is a very well balanced instrument and fits nicely into the palm of the hand.It is not too heavy and does not make your arm tired. I can't say enough good things about these knives. They are guaranteed for life but are impossible t destroy. I have one from my late Grandfather and another from my late Father, they both feel like they are brand new yet they are both older than I am and I am now fifty years old. I feel like a professional chef each time I pull them out of the drawer. I don't think I would cook if I didn't have them. I use them for cutting meat and vegetables ad fruit ad fish and chicken and anything else I need to cut. It is my first tool and most useful tool. I have an eight inch blade and a ten inch blade and love them both.