These Sakai Ginsan Wa Gyutos have ebony wood handles and water buffalo horn ferrule. This is an excellent line that Sakai Takayuki has come out with has a very nice, octagonal ebony handle and water buffalo horn ferrule. The blade is made from a very hard, yet stain-resistant Hitachi Yasuki Silver-3 (ginsan) steel core and is clad with a softer, more durable stainless steel on the outside. Also, the edge is ground with a 50/50 bevel so it works well with lefties or righties.
I have owned this knife for over six months. The Ginsan steel holds an edge longer than I need and gets almost as sharp as white #1,sometime I think it gets sharper. The only knock on this knife is the 8oz weight,but maybe that is from the hand forge process. I was unable to duplicate the stiction free demo in the video. That said the knife isn’t "sticky" like production knives.
I have a lot of good knife (including shigefusa) they are all made of carbon steel,this knife is made of stainless steel,but it cuts no worse perfect weight and balance,excellent handling,it is possible to bring a knife into the top 5 best knives in the world