Pros: Sharpness, Material Quality, Overall Quality
I purchased this for a family member who had woefully inadequate kitchen knives; it was a combination of a gift and an intervention. I got the chance to use it and was quite pleased. I prefer a larger chef's knife but this size seems to be much less intimidating to the the novice user so that they will actually use it and discover the joy of quality kitchen knives. I do not have any long term experience with it so no opinion on durability or ease of sharpening but given the manufacturer I do not have concerns.