I recently tried out a friend's Miyabi Birch 8" chef's knife and it ended up not fitting well for my particular hand, so I ended up not buying it. I was going to go with a Shun Premiere 8" instead because they fit me well, but then was turned on to the Curtis Stone. I though it was a little odd at first (the handle is unusual), but I ended up really liking how it feels.
They ain't exactly cheap, but I found that the way the grip and bolster are designed really felt great with my pinch grip and overall guiding of the knife. I haven't seen them mentioned in many places and they seem like they're high quality, but I wanted to check in with you guys before pulling the trigger. What do you think? They're made by Yaxell (Japan).