Substantially wider than standard santoku knives , the Shun Premier 7-Inch "Sumo" Santoku Knife is an excellent all-purpose knife for your kitchen, and sized just right for larger tasks. Sanoku (a Japanese word meaning "three virtues") knives are perfect for slicing, chopping, and dicing. Elegant and beautiful, Shun Premier knives are unlike any knives you've owned. Featuring VG10 Japanese steel cutting core with 32 layers (16 per side) layered Damascus steel for strength, the hand-hammered finish (known as 'tsuchime' in Japanese) lends not only to the beauty, but creates the hollow-ground feature that reduces knife-drag and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The gorgeous Pakkawood handles in walnut finish are both sleek and stylish, and are shaped to fit the palm of your hand in a variety of secure and comfortable grips. The Shun logo is embossed on the endcap, making these knives beautiful in and out of the knife block. Incredibly thin, sharp blades, stylish finishing details and created in the Japanese styling that Shun is famous for, you know your Premier line of knives will work just as hard as you do in your kitchen, and be around for generations to come. Hand washing recommended; limited lifetime warranty.