Shun Reserve knives have a SG2 powdered steel (micro carbide) core, that is coated in 32 layers of stainless/nickel steel in a ladder pattern Damascus. The SG2 core is extremely dense, and enables this knife to stay incredibly sharp and an edge retention that is practically unbeatable. These knives are sharpened to 16 degrees, and are two sided. When holding a Shun Reserve, you will find that apart from it's superior blade, the full tang construction, perfect balance and riveted handles make these knives an ideal choice for chefs and cooking enthusiasts everywhere. The handle on a Shun Reserve knife is made of Charcoal PakkaWood®, with crimson striations, and has the shape of a Bob Kramer handle. Each handle has an inlaid mosaic Samurai family crest, adding flair to the already stunning handle. Shun Reserve knives are made in Japan, and come with a lifetime warranty.