This Yanagi delivers Hongasumi grade high carbon steel sharpness and edge retention with stainless steel durability and ease of care. Exceptionally forged VG Stainless steel blade with HRC 62-63 combines exceptional sharpness and optimal edge retention with stain resistance. Excellent for entry and intermediate level chefs. Lacquer coated magnolia wooden sheath provides odor and stain resistance with ease of cleaning. Comes ready to use out of the box. 100% handcrafted in Japan. Not mass produced.