Nominally, it is supposed to be the same as Shun (15 vs 16 is within their tolerances). I have the 9" dragon fire, a few Shuns, and a couple Miyabis, in addition to some other less common Japanese brands. The Yaxell is far and away the thickest knife behind the edge that I own. It has a wide bezel and isn't particularly acute. The only thing that comes close is this Tojiro DP paring knife I got rid of because it was terrible (thick edge and thick spine, would wedge in everything).