Imagine, a knife made the same way as ancient Samurai swords, handcrafted still today. Sharper out of the box than other knives, the Shun Classic maintains its sharpness longer, since the finely-polished blade edge has a natural tendency to remain straighter, yet can be honed using a standard steel or sent to the factory for free sharpening. The wavy, Damascus-look pattern on the blade offers stick resistance, reducing prep--plus it's rust-free. The Alton Angle, a design contribution of cookbook author and celebrity chef Alton Brown, provides more finger and knuckle clearance than a standard, straight knife allows while cutting and slicing. The 10-degree angle at the bolster also provides extra leverage to improve control and efficiency, particularly useful with smaller knives. The ebony Pakkawood handle, made of a durable white birch wood and resin combination, has a unique curved shape to fit firmly and comfortably in the hand, with the bonus of being dishwasher safe and NSF approved for commercial kitchen.