These are very high end knives, with superb fit and finish on the big and beautiful handles, and a core of a very hard (at least 60 HRC/Rockwell hardness) special steel alloy around a 63-layer stainless steel alloy. These are a bit heavier and more heavy-duty than the hammered versions... they're clearly a step up and have had more TLC put into them by the maker, and of course the price reflects this. If you're looking for a top-grade damascus/layered-style knife with incredible good looks and top notch fit, finish, edge and handle quality, this is it. The looks AND performance will astound you. The edge on these is amazing! These knives are only for right-hand use.