When you want paper-thin slices, nothing beats this Shun essential. Hollow grooves in the blade offer reduced friction resulting in less damage to food. Exotic Japanese steels allow the knife to hold its razor sharp edge longer without excessive re-sharpening. High density VG-10 super steel cutting core is clad with 32 layers of SUS410/SUS431 high-carbon steel,creating a beautiful Damascus clad knife. Extremely sharp 16 degree cutting edge results in less friction and faster performance. Comfortable D shape Pakkawood composite handles provide a sanitary, sure grip. Handle length: 4.75; Weight: 6.81 oz. Hand wash with gentle detergent. National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved for professional use. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan.