The 8.25 Deba (or usuba) knife from Shun is the quintessential Japanese vegetable knife. With its flat blade and squared-off tip, it is perfect for push/pull vegetable chopping. The straight edge cleanly contacts the cutting board so there is no need for the rocking cut used with a chef's knife. This helps prevent accordion vegetables, where vegetable slices are still connected at the bottom because the knife hasn't quite cut all the way through. The beautiful graffiti-etched blade is made of pure VG10 steel, a high-carbon steel with added vanadium, which enables it to take and hold an edge longer than other premium steels. The blade design is acid etched into the steel so that it becomes an integral part of the blade, and the wide shinogi (or blade bevel) makes sharpening the knife on a whetstone practically effortless. The backs of the blades are gently hollow ground, creating an air pocket between the knife and the food being cut, so the knife glides through with quick precision. Comfortable “D shape Pakkawood composite handles provide a sanitary, sure grip. Hand wash with gentle detergent, towel dry. National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved for professional use. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan. Dimensions: 13.5 long x 2 wide. Weight: 8 oz.