The Sasaki Masuta Knife Block Set features a modern and sophisticated look which will make a stunning impression on any countertop. Steeped in Japanese tradition, the stunning look and refined style of Sasaki cutlery is the result of a 60-day process that is intensively implemented and overseen. Only premium materials are used in creating each knife. Each knife's blade is precision forged from a single 67-layered Damascus high-carbon stainless steel piece (the cladding) with a cutting core made of Japanese AUS-10 âsuper steel.â This vastly increases the steelâs strength, flexibility, and hardness, it is heated at 1000 degrees Celsius, then cooled down to 200-300 degrees Celsius. This treatment results in an incredibly durable, stain and corrosion resistant blade that delivers incomparable performance and outstanding edge retention. Giving the blade a razor-sharp edge is an exhaustive procedure of coarsely grinding, fine-honing, then polishing it to a mirror finish within an astounding 15-degree angle on each side, using a sand wheel that must be monitored and manually adjusted countless times throughout the process. The task is not complete until we have produced a visually arresting, powerful kitchen essential. The bolster is the juncture where the blade meets the handle, providing a counterbalance between the two for stability in your hand. On the Sasaki knife, the bolster is specifically designed and weighted to encourage a proper pinch grip â the correct form when holding the handle. It is also mirror polished to create a spectacular, glimmering focal point at the center of the knife. The handle is expressly engineered so you feel the power of the cutting process with each chop, slice, and dice. The handle is constructed of fiberglass, which is exceptionally durable and highly corrosion resistant. It is full tang (meaning, the steel of the blade runs all the way through the handle rather than simply attaching at the bolster), and triple riveted for superior stability and strength. This set includes an 8-inch chef knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 5.5-inch serrated utility knife, 3.5-inch parer, a pair of kitchen scissors and an attractive stainless steel storage block. Expertly crafted from superior quality stainless steel, the knife block features an elegant and attractive dual finish - the block has a brushed stainless finish with mirror finish accented panels. The block is properly weighted and balanced for stability and includes a non-slip bottom to prevent countertop scratching. To keep your Sasaki cutlery at peak performance, we highly recommend using only a traditional sharpening stone to hone your knives. Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.