This Shun Premier Bread Knife measure 9" on the blade. The newly introduced Shun Premier line combines an authentic Japanese hand hammered look with the quality and performance that Shun is known for. The blade is made of VG10 steel clad with 16 layers on either side of the stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and precision. Where the steels meet, a wavy line called a "hamon" is formed. The hammered finished is known in Japanese as "tsuchime" and adds a striking appearance to the knife and also acts as hollow ground cavaties that reduce drag and quickly release food from the blade.
I bought this knife because I couldn’t find a 100% hand made bread knife (like a Takeda). The knife works great. It doesn’t leave any crumbs when cutting through bread and just the weight of the knife is enough to cut through soft bread. It looks good/neat,but it is a really manufactured/artificial finish (i.e. simulated Damascus and hammer marks). This doesn’t take away from the performance of the knife,but next to my Takedas,its really obvious. I would buy it again,and recommend it to anyone looking for a high end bread knife.