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This is s decent knife for the price. It is light, for the most part the handle is comfortable, and as others have mentioned, it has a great edge out of the package. My only issue with this knife is that it has a swell at the bolster which makes it difficult to hold correctly. I am used to a bolster that tapers down from the handle to the blade, allowing me to easily grip the knife along the spine between my thumb and forefinger. This grip is very difficult with the swell in the bolster of this knife, making it hard to properly balance the blade. Seems to be designed to swing like a hammer rather than for more precise work.
The first thing I'll say is that I've been a chef for 6 years now and I haven't owned my own blades. Buying a knife is a pain in the butt because it's hard to choose without being able to hold it in your hand. That being said considering the price of these knives I figured I'd give it a chance. This is easily the best bang for your buck! The mixed high carbon and steel hasn't had to be sharpened yet, it came Factory sharp and I haven't even hit it with a steel yet. The balance is nice and the handle is good for people with shorter fingers or fat Palms. If your culinary student I absolutely recommend these knives for three important reasons, the color coding will make it easy for you to keep your knives separate from everybody else's, the lightweight but balanced feel of the knife will help stop any fatigue of a new Chef's wrist, and finally and maybe most importantly the price that you're paying for the quality that you're getting is absolutely worth it for a brand new chef. Easy five star rating and I will be a return customer
My favorite inexpensive knife line. This is the same as the Mercer Millenia series but with colored instead of black handles. It is by far the best knife buy on the market for anything close to the money, bar none. I would take it over Victorinox/Forster anytime. Just as sharp and the handles are far superior. Very comfortable and non-slip.
This knife is awesome. Balanced but light, and comes razor sharp. I've had this knife for about 2 months now and it had remained sharp as the day I got it with just a few swipes on the steel after using it.
All Mercer knives are worth buying but this one is cheap in price and you can use it to chop and bang around while keeping the more expensive ones nice. I end up using this more then any other Mercer knife I have.