Our Tojiro Damascus Slicing Knife Gyuto Hocho is made by using Japanese traditional techniques and modern equipment. The blade is composed of 36 alternating layers of hard and soft stainless steel. The center layer of the blade is forged from Swedish high carbon stainless cutlery steel with the D.P (Decarbonization Prevention) method Patent No.962010 to maintain high performance during the lifetime of the knife. As the maker says "The form is beautiful, the edge holding is superb and they are easy to resharpen. The more you use them, the more satisfied you will be." Each knife comes razor sharp in an attractive gift box with instructions for care and maintaining this edge. Blade length is 7˝ and overall length is 12˝.