I don't like when my knuckles hit the board I don't know about you but I am pretty sure my knuckles would make regular contact when cutting with that knife. Then again it could just be the perspective.
I haven't used one, but I've seen them. To me, they look kind of crappy. Keep in mind though that I've not tested it myself! That being said, I laugh at Mr. Fieri and whatever he endorses, so my opinion's automatically very biased. What's the price on that, anyway?
The shape was created to allow cooks with carpal tunnel syndrome use a knife.
I've watched Fieri's technique. He has decent skills. He does use a pinch grip, and tends to work with the handle off rather than over the board.
I've never tried a knife with that sort of ergonomic handle before. It doesn't look particularly comfortable to me. But what do I know? I haven't tried it. My general experience with "ergo" handles is "waste of time." I've never met one I've liked enough to even make me interested. But since a pinch grip does most of its work on the blade it tends to be more rather than less forgiving of handle varitation. Anyway, it's probably premature to draw conclusions without giving the handle a try.
Handle aside, it's a good knife NOT to buy because (a) it's made from crap steel (X50CrMoV15 at hardened to 56HRC); (b) has lousy, "full radius," blade geometry; (c) has kullenschiffen; (d) it's made from crap steel; (e) they chef's aka big stick only come in one size, 8", which is too short; and (f) it's made from crap steel.
Marty here. I am brand new to the industry. Currently enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu. We were "issued" Mercer knives. They are comfortable for me. However, as I progress thru my career, i'm sure to try different knives. The ergonomic knife looks comfy. If you think it would be a good fit, let me know. I will get one and try it out.
My interest was based on the idea that the classes I teach are filled with very impressionable people who watch a lot of TV. "I saw this, that and/or the other thing on TV. What do you think Chef, should I get it?" TV is an ocean full of sharks. I agree with Nicko in that it looks "cool". I don't know how much "cool" equates "quality" in this instance. I've had surgery for carpal tunnel 3x's. I don't think any of my problems came from or could be helped by any special knife handle. Then again, I could be wrong. YMMV (I love using that lately). Hey BDL ... what's your opinion of the steel? And seriously, I don't really get the problem with granton / kullenschiffen edges. Would you please educate us a bit more please. TIA.
Sorry, just saw this. I own 4 of these knives and they are very good. The grip on them is awesome, it is designed to be comfortable to the hand, which they are. It also has a rocking motion on it which makes it a lot easier to cut with. It is also very well balanced. The Shun knives are very good too but I like these knives!