These knives are a fantastic deal, a best in class, most bang for the buck line of knives made with top-of-the-line Hitachi blue #2 steel. They feature excellent heat treatment and very nice grinds with a simple but durable handle. Many of our customers are line cooks and we made this knife with them in mind. These knives are clad in soft iron. Kohetsu loosely translates to "be happy" in Japanese and we hope these knives will make you happy for years to come. Made in Japan exclusively for Chefknivestogo.