"The blade is convex on both sides in the tradition of the highly praised Japanese sword. This shape is both sharp and strong, and can still slice paper even after the 1,000 of hemp rope cuts. Using this blade form is one superb method of making an edge thick without losing of its sharpness. This is a knife of preeminent sharpness. You can enjoy its strong cutting capabilities for a long time. Even if used for rigorous cutting, the blade will not bite thanks to its convex shape. Other knives often will bite, and may nick if it is pulled out suddenly at that time. This knife scratches the plate of china. Please do not use it to cut food on the plate." The handle is sculpted black aluminum and tip up black stainless steel clip. Comes with original box and papers. Excellent condition. #953 on blade.