To date,this is the best paring knife I have found. I would have preferred to get one from the GSF series as they are drop-forged,but the GSF paring knife simply is not as ergonomic. The 3.5 inch blade is nicely suited to people who prefer to use one paring knife and one large general kitchen knife for virtually everything (such as myself)...it’s big enough to do larger slicing and coring,and small enough to use as a precision cutter. The steel that is used is pretty good...it holds an edge reasonably well,resists edge deformation,and is reasonably stain resistant. For the money,it’s a good buy and a solid product...while there may be better paring knives available,you won’t find a better model anywhere near this price-point,so I highly encourage checking it out!