I've been after a decent chef's knife for a while now, but everything I like is more expensive than I can really justify. So I bought a chef's knife blade instead. Didn't like the shitty little press-fit studs that it came with for attaching a handle, so I turned down some threaded knurled brass nuts I had and used them with stainless screws for a 2-tone loveless bolt instead. The handle itself is made of azobe (red ironwood) my grandfather brought over in the 70s/80s. Stuff's brilliant for hard-wearing applications like knife handles (and gorgeous), but it's fuck-useless for everything else. It's ridiculously hard to work, right until you give up and throw it on a milling machine. Couple of the bolts didn't seat perfectly, but other than that I'm pretty pleased with the whole thing. Planning to slowly go back and replace the handles on all my other knives so I can have a matching set.