1. I’ve had the knife for over a year now. I keep it in my locker, at the firehouse. I use the knife regularly and, on occasion, reluctantly let 1 or 2 other guys use it. It’s really held its edge well! It’s very comfortable to hold. Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful knife. I’m disappointed that it’s advertised as Japanese steel. That’s made in China. If you’re an amateur chef, like me, this is an excellent tool to add to your culinary collection. Buy with confidence!
2. I am a professional chef and tried out my Zelite knife for the first time today. This is the first time I have bought from this company and I have to admit I am very impressed. It arrived in only one day which is very impressive considering that I live in a rural area. The knife is beautifully balanced, it is weighted fairly heavily and reminds me a little of a Wusthof knife but I find this handle far more comfortable for my small hands. The blade rocks beautifully and comes very sharp. It was shipped in a magnetic box which in my opinion makes it easy to gift since it arrives looking so elegant. I was a little worried about the handle since it looks a little flimsy in the pictures, but the tang runs all the way through and it is very comfortable. This knife feels like it will hold up even with extensive use for a very long time. The only negative is the pictures are misleading, my knife that arrived has very little Damascus patterning.
3. I know it shouldn’t matter, but I thought the “Exquisite Japan Tsunami Rose Damascus Pattern” was the result of folding but it’s just etched on. So it’s a design feature to enhance the perceived quality but it doesn’t. Knowing that it was manufactured in China makes me wonder if it was even folded at all let have 67 layers. Then it made me wonder how you get 67 layers? If you fold it 6 times you get 64 layers. But I don’t know about such things so it could be true. It does cut as well as my Henckel which I paid more for.
4. I’ve owned this knife for more than a year now, so let me tell you about it. It’s heavy! It’s well balanced though so if you don’t mind a heavy knife, it’s kind of nice. The pinch-grip feels really good in your hand. Without a “ricasso” or heel, it takes time to find the end of the blade. I spent many months learning where the blade ends so I don’t slam my knuckles. The shape is… weird. Compared to any other knife, this shape is just off. The angle curves too fast for how short of a knife this is. Julienning onions or thin slicing garlic can be annoying because of the weight and shape. Shun is much easier for these tasks. It’s very pretty!!! It came very sharp and stayed sharp for months of hard, everyday use!!! It’s a unique piece of art and I do not regret buying it. Other people in the kitchen that go to grab your blade immediately back off in a sense, because the blade is truly an odd one and people that aren’t used to it won’t feel comfortable holding it. If I could do it all over again, I’d just get a shun. It’s about the same price and way better of a knife, but man, I do not regret owning this blade.
5. I have been using this as my everyday kitchen knife for a couple of months. I wish Amazon would allow 1/2 stars because I would give this 4-1/2. It has excellent weight balance and feels, and it came very sharp in a nice box. The Damascus pattern looks nice but isn’t as pronounced as true Damascus. Also, I have been pleased that there haven’t been any corrosion spots, so it doesn’t need any special care.
The negatives are that it doesn’t hold an edge quite as long as I had hoped (on par with other SS knives), and I scratched the pattern when sharpening.
With all that said, it is worth the price for someone that is in the kitchen every night.
6. So I’ll admit this was an impulse buy. The knife is amazing looking and comes razor sharp. However, so did my CCK 1303 and while they are different style chef knives, the CCK is a cleaver and the Zelite is a traditional western style chef knife, I find myself reaching for my $45 Chan Chi Kee way more often. The Chinese veggie cleaver is a workhorse and the Zelite is pretty to look at. The CCK sharpens easily, the Zelite requires much more focus in order to not ruin that beautiful finish. They’re both made in China(or PRC as Zelite states) which bummed me out a bit for the price point of the Zelite. They’re both wonderfully light and maneuverable. My Zelite did slightly chip I’m not sure why but a quick pass through my Whetstone remedied that, it did take some time and patience to get it there though. My advice is test drive other models and if after your heart is dead set on this beauty buy it. Next time I’ll institute the 48hr cooling-off period before purchase. For the time being the Zelite will be my “garage queen” and conversation piece.
7. Fit and finish are excellent. Everything matches the description completely. However, it’s overbuilt design and weight hinders the performance of the knife for extended periods of time. As a home unit, it is fine and better than you will ever need for residential use, but for professionals who utilize their knives daily for hours at a time, it’s too heavy for volume work. As a professional chef for over four decades, and owner of an extensive collection of high-quality Japanese steel, it disappoints. I wish it were more nimble.
The packaging is fantastic, but I didn’t buy it for marketing. I’ll get a lifetime of use from this unit, but it will not be my “go-to” knife. It’s like running a Hummer in the Daytona 500 – it will quickly fade into the rear mirror.
8. I absolutely LOVE this knife. It has made me want to cook more and make prep work an absolute dream. I have had this knife for 11 months and I am deeply saddened because I now am noticing rust and chips on the edges. I take excellent care of this knife and even keep it in the box that it came in so it doesn’t bump around in my drawer. I just can’t believe that a high-quality Damascus steel knife is chipping and rusting after 11 months when it has been so well cared for. I am extremely bummed about this because I use it multiple times every day. I have some silly Rachel Ray knives that are now, unfortunately, better than this knife that I have loved.
Great for a while, but for the price, I would expect that it would last me a lifetime, not 11 months. Deeply saddened.