This is the best knife I have ever owned; I will never settle for second rate knives that are difficult to handle and take brute force to work with again! I have literally cut my meal prep time in half. (I got this paring knife on sale after a friend recommended the special offer Wustdorf offered online in November.) It feels good in the hand, has the perfect length blade, and sharpens like a dream. This knife cuts beautifully without squashing my fruits or mutilating my delicate tomatoesy. As long as Wustdorf keeps making new pieces more affordable to budget shoppers, I will continue to buy them--even if I have to do it one at a time!