This Kikuichi Warkimon Damascus Gyuto measures just over 9 inches on the blade. The hard VG-10 stainless core of the blade lamination provides excellent edge retention. The hand-forged suminagashi (damascus) exterior of the steel sandwich provides stability, toughness, and beauty to the blade. The blade is hand-hammered to give it a rustic look and also help prevent food from sticking to the sides of the blade. Finally, sanitary composition scales are riveted to the full tang. The result is a masterpiece of Japanese kitchen cutlery.