This beautiful knife achieves perfection in balance and function. Santoku is a Japanese word meaning three good things; this knife is made for slicing, dicing and mincing. 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 intended for right hand use. Hand washing recommended. National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved for professional use. Handle length: 4.5. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan.