Pros: edge retention
My wife was kind enough to get this for me as a Christmas gift, otherwise I probably wouldn't have it b/c of the cost. Having used it for a few months, it makes my shun classics look like fisher- price toys. The steel (SG2) is far superior to the VG10, overall sharpness and edge retention, and it's surprisingly light. The handle is thicker than that of the classics, which took some getting used to (calluses on my hand had to move) but in the end it is more comfortable. I spend long days holding a knife and this one is a pleasure to use. This knife is a truly a functioning work of art and I would suggest it to anyone who puts in the hours holding a blade.