An absolutely beautiful 63-layer damascus steel, over a special hard alloy blade core (HRC 60), for superb performance, sharpness, and spectacular good looks. This 8.3" length is perfect for home or pro use, and the handle has a great size and very angular profile, for excellent comfort and control. The handle is also very nicely polished and finished in a semi-transluscent blue/black, complementing the overall great looks of this very special knife. And yes, it has an AMAZING factory edge that is spectacularly sharp.
Weight: approx. 205g, blade width at spine, above heel: 2mm. Blade depth (height) at heel: 46mm.
I'd recommend the fine ceramic hone (see below) 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: This knife is sharpened mostly on the right side, which means it's not really suitable for left-handed use. And when you maintain it, you should concentrate your sharpening and honing efforts on the right side of the blade.