This was a surprise (no "special" occasion) gift I ordered for my husband, who's a big fan of Wusthof knives. I couldn't wait for it to arrive before telling him about it, and he was impatient until he could finally hold it in his hands, then wash it and then use it. He truly loves it and had never thought a "ridge" on one side of a knife would be a help in slicing some veggies. It's an excellent brand, an excellent gift and a welcome addition to our kitchen. (I'll answer the 3 questions following this on behalf of my husband, a really good cook and an even better baker!)
I recommend this product.