These knives are reactive so you need to wipe them dry after use. Patina will form over time. They take a steep edge and are light and thin. We sell these primarily to knife nuts and professionals so if you have questions about it please call us. Comes with a stabilized, Ho wood octagonal handle. The steel is Hitachi white #2 which is well regarded because it's hard and takes an acute edge. It's also easy to sharpen and the edge is 50/50 out of the box.