A stunning 69-layer damascus steel, over a special hard alloy ZA-18 stain-resistant blade core (HRC 61-63), for superb performance, sharpness, and spectacular good looks. This 8.3" length is perfect for home or pro use, and the octagonal wood handle has a great size and very angular profile, for excellent comfort and control. The factory edge is VERY thin and sharp! Sakai Takayuki calls this new line "GINGA", meaning "galaxy".
Very lightweight, only approx. 148g
Sharpened 50/50, so fine for right or left-hand use.
I'd recommend the fine ceramic hone for regular/daily maintenance of the edge. As with any knife, use the hone regularly and you'll keep the edge in good shape for a LONG time before you need to think about doing any serious "re-sharpening" or real grinding and refinishing of the edge.
Note: the handle colour may vary. It is made of natural wood, and so variations and imperfections are to be expected and are not considered defects.