This knife is a great value, but lets be honest, its not a 200 dollar quality knife. I prefer the santoku over the traditional chefs knife for my typical prep with meat, fruit and veggies.
It has a good steel, came with a good edge and stays sharp fairly well, I'd say within 50% of my high dollar kitchen knives. It has a nice grip for my average hand size even when wet and is well balanced. You should not dish washer knives but I am guilty of doing it on occasion with no issues yet, which is something I don't have to feel guilty about at it's price point. I've sharpened it a couple times and the steel isn't hard to put an edge on.
I've gifted several to people who aren't too into cooking any they have all been very well received. This is my top knife choice in the 40-80 dollar range for its good materials, good ergonomics and wide range of uses.
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