La Côte Exquisite Knife Sets. Carefully selected exotic wood veneers in our signature handles are only the beginning of what makes these knives unique. The stone finished steel blades and exotic wood handles is built to last with top quality materials. The natural color flows throughout the material while sanding and buffing the completed part yield a glossy finish without any spraying. As in nature - where no two pieces of wood are exactly alike - our knife handles elicit the same feature, you will immediately see differences in color and grain structure that create characteristics unique to each piece.