I purchased two knives from Hasu-Seizo a few months back. The knives are very well crafted and the balance is just right for my smaller hands. I had carpal tunnel surgery a little while ago and heavier knives are still difficult for me to use. I am an avid home cook and enjoy trying out new recipes. These knives are light and are a dream to use. Thanks for making such a wonderful (and beautiful product). I plan to buy another for my good friend for a birthday present. I know she will love it too!