To start-I just LOVE LOVE MAC knives. So, I bought this knife a while back cuz I love the looks. Like my other 2 MAC knives, It holds an edge forever it seems. However, personally I am not fond of how tall the blade is for use as a paring knife. It functions more like a tiny santoku/granton knife--which is nice, but not what I really was wanting. I just bought the Shun bird's beak knife for paring purposes, but will still use this one for tiny chopping/slicing tasks. After all, you can never have too many beautiful knives!