Hello, I've been lurking on these forums for the better part of a week trying to get as much information about new knife choices for me. Let me explain why I have these two as my choices and maybe you guys could help me in the right direction. Overall I need a knife that will be symmetrical as I am left handed and my significant other who will also be using them is right handed and I tend to like a french profile. The reasons I like the Elephant is that its a french profile, the carbon steel interests me and its symmetrical. What I don't like about the Elephant is the rumors I've read about their quality control issues. What I like about the Mac Pro is again the french profiles, Japanese steel and it is also symmetrical. What I don't like about the Mac Pro is that it's not carbon and (I know its vain) it's ugly! I'd be willing to move into a Japanese profile knives but then it gets hard to find symmetrical edges. Any advice?