Shun Premier knives combine a number of advanced elements to truly stand apart from the crowd. The core of the Premier blade is VG-Max steel which is supported by 34 layers of stainless steel on each side of the blade. The layering of steel on the blade creates a Damascus finish which is hammered for a breath taking finish! The cutting edge of the blade can handle being sharpened to a very narrow angle and will hold its razor sharp edge longer. The hand hammered finish reduces friction and keeps foods from sticking to the blade. The walnut PakkaWood handle is as comfortable as it is beautiful.