The Shun Classic 8" Carving Knife features a long, thin blade for cutting large pieces of meat or vegetables. The exceptionally sharp and precise blade cuts through any type of meat or vegetable with ease. The blade has a VG10 steel core wrapped in 16 layers of Damascus stainless steel and a super sharp 16-degree cutting edge. A bead-blasting process creates the beautiful Damascus wood grain pattern, which also reduces friction and prevents food from sticking to the blade. A D-shaped PakkaWood handle, the perfect shape for fingers to grip, backs the blade. As a whole, this knife is durable, corrosion resistant piece of cutlery. There's no limit to what you can carve with this knife, from carving Thanksgiving turkey to Easter ham to beets, artichokes, and parsnips.