I should mention that the knife in the photo is my absolute favorite of all of my knives, an 8" chopper from Michael Hemmer that I got at last year's Folklife festival. For me, it's the perfect combination of a Chinese cleaver and a western chef's knife, beautiful and tough as nails. Kathy Hemmer, who actually sold me the knife, said that they have a lifetime guarantee on their knives. "No, really, build a house with it. If you manage to break it, we'll be impressed."
And indeed, it made short work of a coconut at Janel's Brazil party.
I just checked this morning and am glad to see that he's scheduled to have a booth at this year's festival as well. Woot! I'm gettin' me some paring and utility knives this year.