This Kiritsuke has a beautiful mirror polished finish, elegant Japanese Rosewood octagon handle with a Water Buffalo horn bolster affixed and White Oak Saya cover. Kiritsuke translates to cut off and refers here to the leaf shaped tip. Its unique profile and and fine point allows for a general purpose approach to prep. The blade profile has a slight curve which allows for the ability to cut sushi, sashimi and rolls with ease.Gin-san, also known as Ginsanko is a high performing stainless steel. Yoshihiro master blade-smiths use traditional forging methods mixed with modern techniques and strengthening elements of Carbon, Chromium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon. The result is a knife that sharpens with ease and holds its edge. Extremely user friendly, Gin-San is a popular blade choice for single-bevel knives among all ranks of chefs.