Balanced any well made.
First of all i'd like to say that Shun did a phenomenal job shipping this knife. Not only was it delivered quickly but it arrived in a box that was extremely well padded and arrived perfectly. The knife itself is perfectly balanced, the handle weighs just as much as the blade and feels perfectly weighted on the hand. The edge isn't extremely sharp out of the box but i have no doubts this knife will sharpen to a razor thin edge. I thought the handle would be a bit uncomfortable given it's odd shape and finish but it feels comfortable with a standard grip and a pinch grip. The roughness of the handle doesn't chafe my hands and provides a great deal of grip that makes me feel confident when cutting hard vegetables, even if my hands are moist. The shape of the cutting edge has a nice curve which is great for rocking, it's not a traditional gyuto shape which gives it versatility in both slicing and chopping. Did i mention this knife is beautiful? It's gorgeous! Overall this will be a good companion for me for a long time and i hope to purchase the kanso paring knife soon to match it.