You don't need to go to samurai school to learn that the Shun Premier 9.5 in. Slicing Knife is the ultimate slicing knife for your kitchen adventures. Constructed with a VG10 cutting core rated 60-62 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale, this knife has a Damascus pattern clad with 16 layers of stainless-steel on each side. All 32 layers were formed by folding, welding, grinding, and then polishing, for a knife worthy of use by the master of your kitchen. The knife is then beveled for lateral precision featuring a 16-degree convex ground that creates an extreme edge ready for any slicing task. The hammered finish not only adds a striking visual appeal, but is crafted to release food easily when cutting. An oblong walnut pakkawood handle rests comfortably in your hand, balanced by the Shun-embossed end cap. Whether you slice fish, cabbage, or pineapple, this beautifully crafted slicing knife will endear itself to you through its extraordinary performance and become the knife of choice for your next culinary adventure. About KAI USA Ltd. For more than 100 years, the highly skilled artisans of KAI USA Ltd., home of Kershaw knives and Shun cutlery, have been producing blades of unparalleled quality in the spirit of the legendary swords smiths of Japan. For more than three generations, they have been dedicated to listening to the voices of customers and providing products that contribute to a more tasteful life. Incredibly sharp edges partnered with a stunning aesthetic set Shun and Kershaw knives apart from others. A tradition of excellence combined with the newest technology and advanced materials makes every knife a functional work of art. VG10 steel core with Damascus stainless-steel layers. Walnut pakkawood handle rests comfortably in hand. Beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Hammered finish releases food easily when cutting. Hand-wash for best performance. Blade is 9.5 inches in length.