Our exclusive Shun Hiro collection features high-performance Eastern-style knives designed for speed, agility and balance as well as striking beauty. A cutting core of ultra premium SG-2 steel gives them a super sharp, lasting edge, and hammered blades help keep foods from sticking for fast, efficient use. Handcrafted in Japan, our exclusive seven-piece collection includes essential knives for home cooks. Eastern-inspired design with extremely thin, lightweight blades for fast and agile performance. The blade's core of SG-2 powdered steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 32 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, for a total of 65 layers. SG-2 is an extremely fine-grained, dense and hard steel, which enables it to take and hold an exquisitely fine edge with long-lasting sharpness. The hammered pattern (tsuchime in Japanese) helps the blade pass easily through food without sticking. Contoured ambidextrous handles are designed for ultimate comfort and control. Handles are dark charcoal-colored PakkaWood with crimson striations and an inlaid mosaic Samurai family crest. Mirror-polished nickel silver bolsters and end caps. Knives are handcrafted in Japan. Block is made in China. A Williams Sonoma exclusive. 7-Piece Set includes: 3 1/2" paring knife. 6" serrated utility knife. 8" chef's knife. 9" bread knife. 9 1/2" slicing knife. Honing steel. 8-slot bamboo storage block. Please note: Storage block is counted as an individual piece.