These 17-layer damascus style knives have a unique hammered texture called 'tsuchi-me' on the blade. They have 50/50 ground double bevel edges for both left and right-handed users. Solid composite wood handles are securely riveted to the blade for a comfortable and stylish grip. The core steel cutting edge is VG-10 stainless steel from Japan. These knives have the traditional feel of European style knives with a thinner blade.