The Shun Classic line of fine kitchen cutlery was created by Japan's premier blade producer in a city long famous for its history of producing samurai swords. The Damascus-style blade is forged of VG10 clad in 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel per side for an incredibly sharp and long-lasting edge. With the Damascus style blade you are guaranteed a smooth, even slice while reducing food damage and bruising caused by other blades. The Shun Classic line features Shun's uniquely stable 'D' shape handle design that rests precisely in the curve of the fingers for a better grip providing improved comfort and control. The black PakkaWood handle provides the beauty of genuine wood, but Shun impregnates the wood with waterproof resin making them more durable. This line of high quality kitchen cutlery will increase your efficiency and overall enjoyment while cooking. These blades are professional quality and NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.