I bought the 8″ chefs knife at a restaurant industry show in 2009. Since then I have retired my entire Wustoff block permanently. If Wustoff is a cadillac, Rhineland is a Maseratti. I recently bought engraved knifes as gifts for 7 members of my family because they really are that impressive I have only needed to hone my blade 4 times in the 4 years I’ve owned my knife. There is no other knife on the market worth purchasing. This knife will make your life easier!