Made by Rod Hinson from Haines, Alaska. Dymondwood is a laminated material that is made by dying thin layers of hardwoods and layering them together with resin and pressing them all together under extreme pressure and heat. There is no varnish on this knife.The wood is hand sanded and buffed. Please do not place this knife in the dishwasher as it dulls the knife and finish. Sharpen from time to time before it becomes dull and you will have years of service from this knife. VG-10 is a unique formulation with high-carbon content.It contains various amounts of the following : Chromium , Vanadium , Molybdenum , and Cobalt.It is specially designed for chefs knives. It is often called Super Steel because it is designed to maintain sharpness an durability without becoming brittle. Blade is VG-10 Length 7 1/2 inches Total knife Length is 12 inches Width 2 inches at the widest point.