If you're looking for quality cutlery then look no further than Wusthof. This knife is as good as it gets and well worth the cost. I initially thought the 8" model might be more than I need for everyday use, but after using it for a while now, I have to say that I'm so glad I didn't go smaller. This knife is substantial in all respects. The look and feel of it is superb. There are certainly other choices for a lot less money if you're shopping for cutlery, but I assure you you will not be sorry if you make the proper investment up front with this knife. I second another reviewer here and caution one to be very careful when using, as the blade is indeed sharp and has remained so since I first began working with it. Because of that, it is an absolute joy to use. Just be sure to wash it, dry it, and put it back in its block as soon as you're done with it. This knife is serious cutlery. You'll be in love with it the first time you slice into a tomato and find you can cut it as thin as you desire.