For anyone looking for an affordable, sturdy, and easy to sharpen knife, look no further! I'm a cook and the Victorinox 9" Chefs Knife was one of my very first kitchen knives I've ever owned. This knife is super comfortable in hands-of-all-sizes ( a few culinary classmates and I all own this knife), it's not too heavy and keeps a pretty sharp edge without having to sharpen it too often. Although the length of the blade may be a little intimidating for some home-cooks, this knife does come in shorter lengths, so have no fear! This one knife, will last you and your family many, many years of delicious meals!