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After reading all the glowing reviews and watching people comparing this to expensive knives I bought it. But when using I noticed it lost it's sharpness very quick even compared to cheap knives I have. With less than 2 weeks of use I can now see damages in the blade when it was never even used to cut anything firmer than a carrot on a wooden cutting board. This is clearly not a well hardened steel despite the advertising. Blade is also too thick making thinly slicing things like onions very difficult.
I was researching a lot about kitchen knives and there were so many brands that it was almost a doozy. There were also quite a bit of bogus reviews that I've seen floating around when it came to Mercer knives. I think it bothers a lot of people when they find out it's made in Taiwan (yes, including their MX3s) and not in Japan or Germany.
They claimed that even their MX3 line was trash and dull as heck. I just received a 6-inch petty knife (MX3) and I can totally assure you that I have no idea where that person bought/purchased their Mercer knives as even this one is already quite sharp!
I was able to test a Zwilling Pro 7-in Rocking Santoku knife. It was sharp and was still good to cut with but I find this knife a lot better in terms of "thinness" when I was mincing some onions and shallots. It was also sharper from my experience and had better maneuverability (which may come down to preference as my hands aren't that big/that small) as I was cutting. It was a lot more comfortable and fluid.
I don't know how this will fare against the Wusthof Ikon knife I'll be receiving this week but will see. I already received the 5-inch Wusthof Classic Santoku (and it's so cute!) but I don't think it's fair to compare them when that knife's been used already; it's unfortunately quite dull at the moment. I do need to sharpen it still before I can compare them properly. So far I've tried J.A. Henckels International, Zwilling, Wusthof and Mercer knives.