Widely considered to be one of the three most presitigious knife makers in all of Japan, the Masahiro Company creates knives with professional-level performance in mind. Each blade is crafted of Masahiro's proprietary steel, which undergoes a multi-stage process of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering to achieve the optimum balance of strength and flexibility. The blade is ground asymmetrically, allowing for a thinner edge and unmatched sharpness. This knife thinly slices uniform pieces of roast beef, smoked fish, cucumbers and more. Blade is made of Masahiro's proprietary MBS-26 high-carbon steel with a Rockwell rating of 59 HRC, representing the ideal mix of hardness and flexibility for a kitchen knife. Edge is ground at 80% on the right and 20% on the left to allow for a thinner, sharper edge than standard symmetrically ground blades. Mirror-polished by hand for a beautiful finish. Full-tang construction provides balance and control. Lightweight yet durable resin handle is hygienic and moisture-resistant. 9 1/2"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 5 3/4 oz. Made in Japan.