I used to just use a cheap set of knives I got several years ago to pare my fruits and vegetables. Then, I got this Shun Kanso knife. Wow! What did I ever do before this?! The difference in cutting ease is absolutely remarkable. The blades slides smoothly as I cut and the handle fits nicely in my hand. The only reason I give this a 4 is because the prices can be a bit high her. The quality is always stellar.