Fair enough! I was thinking of the 9" chef's, so the size difference aside hopefully it's an easy comparison to the vital since they're similiar in profile. Good to know about the thinner handle, I adored the shape of the Vitals handle but the weight was a major issue so I'll look forward to a more blade forward COB I hope. It looks like it has more of a flat spot towards the front compared to the vital, closer to a gyutou or sabatier, would you say that's accurate in person? I'm mostly a pinch gripper, primarily push and pull cuts with some rock chopping for herbs, so I like the sounds of bits being crowned. Also I'm not certain if you do the write up or can edit the description, but there's an error " Ergonomically crafted from G-10, the handle is smooth and grippy, with three polished stainless steel bolsters to hold it together. " I believe that's meant to be three polished stainless steel pins to hold it together. Thanks again!