Once in a while you come across a product that screams bang for the buck value. When you pick up this knife and use it to cut your first tomato, you will have to say that this is such a product. Priced less than a quarter of the cost of some of the more higher end chef's knives from European manufacturers, with performance that even exceeds these other knives, purchasing this knife is a no brainer for the budget conscious and for those who need a basic knife. Sure this knife does not have the fancy exotic steel or random damascus of the best of the best lines of the knives out there on the market...But the cutting performance out of the box (which most people look for and for which most people do not have the time, expertise, or materials on hand to sharpen such knives) is outstanding. This knife is not a be all, end all, panacea solution for your cutting needs in the kitchen for life. This knife should set up a transition to those looking for sharper cutlery and making it stay that way by using sharpening stones or strops. But this can be said for any knife---and for this knife to be a revelation for most people as far as how sharp their knives can and should be, this knife is a standout.
Beverly Hills, CA