Shun pronounced 'shoon' in Japanese, means- 'at the peak of perfection'. Each knife is handmade by skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete one knife. Shun Reserve knives feature a SG2 steel core that is incredibly hard & dense. The SG2 steel also offers unmatched edge retention for an unparalleled length of time. The 32-layered Damascus ladder design is made of nickel/stainless steel. Each Shun knife provides a Japanese blade angle of 16 degrees. You will enjoy the ease of cutting the thinnest slices without bruising or tearing the most delicate foods while prepping; this ensures the ingredients to stay intact, retain flavor, and stay fresh. The blade is complimented by a PakkaWood charcoal & crimson western style handle with a mosiac inlaid accent. Shun offers a full assortment, so you will always find the right knife for the task. Made in Japan; Lifetime Warranty. Handwashing is recommended.