The Dragon 9 inch Chef's Knife from Apogee Culinary Designs is perfect for your general food prep tasks like slicing, dicing and chopping. Its gently curving blade makes it perfect for finely mincing herbs and spices. Dragon knives are constructed of 3-mm thick Nitrogen-Enriched American steel (CTS-BD1N), hardened to a Rockwell Hardness of 63. This extremely robust one-piece construction features extreme sharpness and edge retention. The handle is made of FDA approved black resin and linen Canvas Micarta with three stainless steel rivets. The canvas material is dyed black and brilliantly finished to last for decades. The end-cap of the handle is made of 18/10 stainless steel, which provides outstanding stability and balance.