Hi all, this is my first time posting in the great forums here. I have a set of Shun Classics, and the 8" chef's knife has chipped after about one and half years of moderate use, as many have noted here. I love the feel of them (the D-handles are perfect for my small hands), and prefer that to the "German" feel. I checked out and love the feel of the Miyabi Birch SG2, and am curious as to how the chipping on those is, from those who have real world experience with them. The steel is different from the Shun Classic, but since they're Japanese and have a similar light feel that I personally enjoy, I'm worried that chipping might be an issue with them, as well. I have a great price for one, brand new, from a friend: $179. But I'm willing to spend a little bit more for the right knife. The German handles in general don't feel good for me, so I need that thinner, lighter feel that my Shuns and the Miyabi Birch have. Global is not an option, as I personally don't like their handles. Thanks for your help!