Yoshihiro by Yamawaki have been producing knives in much the same way for over a century in Sakai Japan. Sakai knives are popular all around the world for their sharpness and usage sensation. The quality of steel, quenching and sharpening is what makes them. VG-10 is a popular stainless steel, favoured by Japanese knife makers for its sharpness and edge retention, commonly used for damascus blades. This particular steel is easy to care for and it is easy to sharpen. It also has an impressive Rockwell hardness of HRC 60. Our VG-10 Hammered Damascus Gyuto Chef Knife is forged with 46 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core. This beautiful Gyuto 240mm is complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted Octagonal Magnolia handle. You certainly will not be disappointed with this purchase.