This 9" chefs knife will handle it all and sets itself apart from my earlier stainless cutlery. Forged 80crv2 high carbon steel has higher carbon than the stainless options. Edge retention, toughness, and fine grain structure caught my eyes when searching for the best cutlery steel for home and commercial cooks. My high carbon knives will tarnish but will also build a beautiful patina over time. Decorated with a paduak wood handle that will transform into a rich red/brown over time, black liner and brass loveless bolts. A tough handle is a high priority for the knives i send out the door.