A beautiful range of multi-layered hand crafted knives made by Kazuyuki Tanaka. The central cutting core of VG10 steel is surrounded by 32 layers of stainless steel. These knives have a Rockwell hardness of 60 and have black pakka wood handles. This multi-layered preparation knife is the traditional vegetable knife in Japan. It is ideal on larger vegetables such as butternut squash. It also perfect for shredding lettuce and cabbage due to its deep rectangular blade. This knife if often mistaken for a meat cleaver due to its shape however it is still a knife and should be used in the same way.