The Shun classic 8-inch western chef's knife offers the 22-degree cutting angle some cooks prefer. This all-purpose blade is ideal for a wide variety of cutting tasks. The eight-inch length is perfect for slicing, dicing, and chopping small to medium-sized fruits, vegetables, and other foods. The wide blade keeps knuckles off the cutting board and is extra handy when transferring cut food from board to pan. With its curved belly, the chef's knife can be gently rocked through fresh herbs or spices to produce a very fine mince. The shun classic 8-inch western chef's knife is extremely versatile. Shun classic 8-inch western chef's knife effortlessly dices and chops its way through all yshun recipes, and looks beautiful doing it. Shun classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of vg-10 super steel with a pattern damascus cladding of 32-layers of high-carbon stainless steel 16-layers on either side. Shun classic knives feature shun d shape ebony-black pakkawood handle, specifically designed for premium applications. These specially shaped handles rest perfectly in the curve of the fingers, for a more secure grip. The bolster is ground out more on the right side for proper finger placement, as well as balancing the knives perfectly. Precision blades and handle engineering mean long-lasting use and comfort-no matter how large or small you kitchen prep may be. Western edge meets japanese precision-marrying the perfect blend of both worlds.