The Shun Premier 7-Inch Santoku Knife features a VG-10-steel blade with a beautiful and alluring hammered finish. Clad with 16-layers on either side of stainless Damascus, the blade is beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Calling to mind the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan, Shun Premier knives possess the grace and beauty of hand-forged knives of old. Every blade is clad with 16 layers on either side of stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Where the steels meet, a wavy line called a hamon is formed. It is similar to the line formed when samurai swords are tempered using a clay-baking technique. The striking hammered finish (Tsuchime in Japanese) acts as a series of hollow-ground cavities, reducing drag and quickly releasing food from the blade. The walnut PakkaWood handles nestle comfortably in the hand, and the Shun logo embossed on the bottom adds balance and beauty to the knife, whether in the hand or at rest in the block. Limited lifetime warranty.