This knife benefits from Masutani-San’s 30+ years of skill and experience as a sharpener which is clear from the second you first hold the knife. Here is a knife that’s hard to beat for quality at this price point. The 17-layer stainless Damascus Steel combined with the Blue Mahogany Pakkawood handle creates a beautiful-looking knife with a unique pattern finish. Typically, half-tang blades with two rivets help to lower the weight of the knife and make it more responsive with a balance point further along the blade. The soft stainless steel cladding around a VG10 core means it’ll be easy to maintain over several years.