The Shun Premier series of knives start with a VG-MAX steel core. Shun wraps this with 32 layers of stainless on each side in a beautiful "hand hammered" look. This pattern allows food to slide off easily. The full tang construction is wrapped with an oval shaped pakka wood handle that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and accommodates both right and left handed users. The knife is then honed to a razors edge by hand to a 16 degree double bevel. The Shun premier knives are super sharp, super balanced and some of the best knives available in Japanese cutlery.