I am an experienced home chef and have many knives. But no "chefs knive" bigger than 8". My main 8" knife is a Mac Pro Mighty that I REALLY like. I also have an older Henckels Pro S 8" that I like but have never loved..It's a bit heavy and does not hold an edge as well or as long as I would like. I also use a Wusthof Grand Prix 7" Santoku that get's a lot of use. I sharpen my own knives with whetstones and can get quite a good edge on all of them. Obviously, the edge on the Mac "edges" the others out. So, in my search for a 270mm (yes, I know some of the sizes vary, the Mac Pro is sitting at the top of the list. Overall, I like the handle. My only "slight" complaint would be the size of the handle. I have big hands and the Mac is somewhat short for me. But, since I mainly use a pinch grip. It's not a super big issue. So, the Mac is in the $200 range. So, I have been looking at other options in a similar price range. I am just looking for something in addition to my 8" chefs knives.I love the Mac 8. But, want something for larger jobs. I am leaning towards getting the Mac 270mm but wanted to look at other options in the same price range. ($200 or so) I've heard very good things about the Kagayaki VG-10 knives as well as the Gekko Knives at JCK. I like the Kagayaki because it is slightly lighter. The Gekko is slightly heavier than the Mac. Anyway, just wanted to throw it out there for thoughts.