The Shun Premier Knife Collection features a striking hand-hammered appearance (Tsuchime) that is a great melding of form and function. The mottled surface provides air pockets to reduce drag when cutting and helps to keep starchy foods from sticking to the blade. The signature Shun emblem is emblazoned on the blade and on the end of the handle. The handle is a dark, walnut PakkaWood; A resin impregnated wood that is impervious to water and will not shrink. Each Shun Premier knife has a VG10 core, with 16 layers of Damascus on each side, for a total of 33 layers. The edges are razor sharp and very thin, as you would expect from Shun. Lifetime guaranteed.