I really like all the Henckles 4-star knives that I've purchased. Please note that there is a huge difference between Henckles and Henckles International. The latter are made by a Chinese company and are a flimsy imitation at best. The 4-star is by the German company Henckles and has all the hallmarks of the fine quality that they are known including cold hardened steel, tang that goes all the way through the handle, well-proportioned handle and blade so it balances well in the hand, and holds an edge really well. Unlike some bread knives, this one cuts clean through even relatively crumbly bread without tearing it.