Pros: Edge retention, looks, weight and balance
Cons: Handle slightly slick when wet
Though I am a retailer for the knife, I actually own several knives from the 1905 series. I use them mostly when entertaining and working in the kitchen when others are watching. Most of my work is done with more economical stamped blade knives. The first thing I liked about the 1905 Santoku, is the blade size is easy to work with, and the blade holds an edge really well. The knife is nicely balanced, though I have used forged knives that were slightly better balanced. The weight is perfect, not overly heavy, but still enough weight to aid in cutting. I think the knife looks awesome and is different than your usual riveted handle knife. The handle is slightly slick, mostly when wet or if there is fat build up on the grip. Performance is good--I don't feel slow with the knife--for me it just feels natural and comfortable in my hands. For the price though, I think it is a great bargain.
This is one of our most popular selling forged knives from F. Dick. Reviews from our customers have been on the high side of positive. The line has been popular with caterers looking for knives that had both performance and looks.
D. Clay @ madcowcutlery.com