Our Hand Forged Meat Slicing (Butakiri) Knife can vary in length from 7-1/4" to 8-1/4" comes from the Tosa Region on Shikoku Island where master blacksmiths still adhere to the old ways. The maker hand hammers a layer of high carbon "white steel" between two layers of soft wrought iron. They are tempered to Rockwell c63 and will hold an edge far longer than any Western made knife. The handles are made from Ho wood. This style of blade is intended for slicing large cuts of meat into smaller pieces. The blade is a bit thicker to withstand heavy use. Blade length is 7-1/4" to 8-1/4"; and overall length is 12" to 14";. It is sent fully honed and ready for use.