I like the chef blade design because I like to rock the knife into the food for straight, parallel cuts while still leaving room for my knuckles at the bottom of the cut. The 6" and 8" chefs on this product are my ultimate favorite. Everything cuts like butter - tomatoes, sausage... everything. Some stuff will stick though, the Damascus here is too shallow a profile to eliminate that.
I do not generally recommend this product for gifting. The knives are too sharp for family's with young children and are dangerous for anyone that has become comfortable with a good old walnut-handled Chicago Cutlery product for example, that offers a great grip when wet and is not so sharp it will cut you for no more than a hasty move.
The key pieces you need to start your kitchen the shun classic 3-piece starter set includes the three key pieces of cutlery that no kitchen should be without. It starts with the shun classic 8-in. Chef's knife, the do-it-all knife that you'll use any time you cook. The set also includes the 3 1/2-in. Paring knife to handle all the small peeling, coring, and trimming tasks. To complete the set, you also get the shun classic 6-in. Utility knife that's perfect for all those in-between tasks. The set comes in a beautiful box suitable for storage or gift-giving. This beautiful set includes the three key pieces every kitchen needs set includes: 3 1/2-in. Paring knife dm0700 6-in. Utility knife dm0701 8-in. Chef's knife dm0706 please see individual components for detailed information