This knife is a White #2 Honyaki Western Gyuto with ebony scales. This was a custom order for our Gesshin Ginga Line. Geometry-wise, its a bit thicker than the stainless Gesshin Ginga gyutos we sell, but this is to be expected with a forged knife like this. It has a spectacular taper from handle to tip, and is nicely ground behind the edge. As pretty as it is, this knife is made to be used.