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I can't recommend these knives enough. I have the 8cm, and the 10cm paring knife. As you can see, they are quite affordable, but this price tag belies their functional excellence. They are so good that several of my friends now own them (based on brief usage at my house) and I bought some for my dad as a small present for his birthday. He is a very keen cook, and is now as passionate about them as I am!
The quality of the metals used appears to be excellent. They are sharp on arrival, and take a very long time to go blunt. Once they did begin to lose their edge, after well over 6-12 months, they were incredibly easy to sharpen with a steel.
They may not be comparable to a Globe knife, or similar, but the retail price is also worlds apart. You get (in my extremely humble opinion) 90% of the performance at 10% of the price.
I've have seen other reviews of these knives that indicate that the handles can be slippy when wet. I have to say that I've never encountered this problem, but can see the potential. Don't let this discourage you from the purchase. Common sense will most likely be protection enough! I think that to create a genuine issue, soap would have to be introduced into the equation too, as previous uses of the knife when wet have not managed to yield a serious laceration, despite the fact that I am incredibly clumsy!
This does raise a more salient issue however, that being that when I said these knives were incredibly sharp, I really meant it. The first thing my flat mate did upon the arrival of these knives, was to "test" them, with his finger. Of course he cut himself. Don't do that! Also, don't lick delicious food off them, or even clumsily use your finger to separate said deliciousness from the knife. I've seen both happen. The former looking quite incredibly painful! The morale of the story is, they are sharp, don't be silly, also try not to develop relationships with silly people, they may one day endanger your life!
I can't be too critical however, as I have to confess to a couple of nicks, whilst swishing cutlery around in the sink to wash them up, and they've also sliced up the odd washing up sponge!
In terms of sizing, the 8cm is (in my opinion), just a tiny bit too small for my fairly large (male) hands, and (unless it requires washing up, or is already in use) my preference is always to use my 10cm variant of the same knife. This is something that you may want to keep in mind when planning your purchase, but remember that bigger is not always better when it comes to knives, and if you have small hands, perhaps the 8cm would be ideal for you. Regardless, they are all usable, so having a couple laying around of different sizes can be a blessing, particularly if you like to cook with anatomically various friends, or your partner!
Paring knife with wavy edge, and pointed tip.