Made in Seki City, Japan-well known as a historic sword making center, they are made with state of the art metals with an attention to detail and function. The fully forged blades have an inner core of superior VG-10 steel and 16 outer layers of high carbon stainless steel, which provides rigidity and reduces sticking. With the distinctive look of Damascus steel (with none of its rusting problems), these knives hold an incredibly sharp edge for easier maintenance and faster prep time. The "D" shaped handles, offering maximum comfort and control, are constructed of ebony hardwood veneers bonded with phenolic resins and fused into a solid, wood grained structure. Dishwasher safe. NSF approved. Made in Japan.