I like the Shun knives and the German profile. I have 2: a Premier and a Classic. Shun Premeir is my "go to knife", followed by a no-name American carbon-steel chef knife. Both are sharp and fast to use. The Premier handle is more comfortable to me than the Classic handle. Both Shuns cut just as good as each otehr, but hte Premier gets more attention (which is generally unwelcomed... but it happens).