The Shun Classic Bread Knife DM0705 is a must have in the kitchen! The bread knife features a 9 in. VG-MAX steel blade with stainless damascus cladding. The D-shaped handle is made of ebony pakkawood and offers a solid grip. The knife is ideally used for slicing tender or crusty breads with no ripping, squashing or tearing. Made in Japan. Specifications: ? Slice tender or crusty breads with no ripping, squashing, or tearing. ? Hand-sharpened 16? single-bevel blade. ? Steel: Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core, 34 layers each side (68 total) stainless Damascus cladding. ? Handle: D-shaped PakkaWood?. ? Blade length: 9 in. (22.9 cm). ? Handcrafted in Japan.