This 9" chefs knife will handle all of your chopping and slicing in the kitchen. AEB-L high carbon steel has become a shop favorite. Edge retention, toughness, and fine grain structure caught my eyes when searching for the best cutlery steel for home and commercial cooks. Decorated with a curly maple handle and brass loveless bolts. Hand selected domestic hardwoods are used in the Forge and Foundry shop. A tough handle is a high priority for the knives i send out the door.