I've had this knife for around a month now and have had a chance to get a good feel for it. First up - it's a very pretty knife. Well finished to a mirror polish, nicely fitted together and, of course, with that lovely damascus style blade. The handle is a slightly different shape to the german knives I'm more used to but it feels very natural in the hand. I couldn't wait to use it for the first time, And yes, it is SHARP! Right out of the box. It could do all the well known sharp knife tricks - dropping tomatoes on it which just fall in half, cutting paper thin slices of tomato horizontally without even having to hold the tomato with your other hand, cutting paper................. well, I'm sure you know what I mean. But the proof of the pudding is how it performs in day to day use in the kitchen. In this it has been a joy. Comfortable, effortless and FUN! Drawbacks? Well I do have to make sure I clean it and dry it after each use. I'm maintaining the edge with a steel but I'm a little nervous about what will happen when the time comes to sharpen it. I don't have whetstones, only a draw through sharpener. And I think this may be set at the wrong angle for the bevel on this knife. So I may have to get it professionally sharpened. But other than that it's just a lovely knife. Highly recommended.