This amazing razor-sharp chef 's knife is created in Seki City, Japan 's 700-year-old center for samurai swords. The "ripple" Damascus finish is achieved by forging 34 layers of stainless steel on each side. Flexible, stick-resistant blade is hand-ground to an exceptional 16-degree angle, then hand-polished. The knife 's curved shape allows it to be gently rocked to achieve a fine mince of fresh ingredients. Impregnated with resin for durability, the beautiful blonde birch wood handle won 't harbor bacteria and is comfortable for left- and right-hand use. Handmade in Japan, each exquisite Shun knife is carefully crafted in a 100-step process inspired by ancient sword smiths. 68 total layers of stainless steel. Resin-impregnated birch PakkaWood Â® handle. VG-MAX cutting core. Full composite tang. Blade has a 16Â°-edge angle. Rust- and stain-proof. Hand wash only. Made in Japan.