I recently purchased a MAC Superior Series knife. I'm quite pleased. In my opnion, they are a great knife for the money. I'm not attempting to endorse one product over another. My attempt is to help anyone out there who may be considering MAC.
I purchased MAC Original series knives about 20 years ago and they have served me well. I still use them on a daily basis. However, these knives are very brittle for metal knives. My brother actually broke one of the knives in half when cutting some coconut chunks. The blades edges also chip easily.
Aurora, thanks for bringing this to my attention. Actually, the Japanese knives are designed differently than the Euro's. For "roughage" such as coconut, pineapple, bones, etc... a Japanese clever is best suited. But, for anyone wishing a Japanese knife, to be used as intended, the MAC would be hard to be, for the money. For someone wishing a "do-it-all" knife, by all means go Euro.
I love Mac's. They're hardened like mad, sharp as anything you'll find...
The thing about them being brittle though...you do realize that technically they're sushi knives, right? You're not supposed to be cutting coconuts with em :P.
Believe me, I was fully aware of the frailty and use of these fine knives. I only had the knives for about a month when my younger brother was visiting from college. He wasn't cutting the coconuts he was using the knive to pry the meat from the shell. Boy was I steamed. I still use the other knives in the set daily after nearly 30 years.