Masahiro Knives come directly from Seki City, Japan. The quality of these Masahiro knives can be seen at the edge. The left side of the blade is flat the other side of the knife is beveled to the edge and then polished. This modern Japanese blade design results in a superior blade with a smoother action, placing the pressure on the item being cut rather than against your fingers. The MV Series is made of Molybdenum Vanadium stainless steel. The handles are riveted to a full tang with thin layers of black dyed wood pressed in a clear (but not shiny) poly carbide. The taper runs from the spine all the way to the edge and is so precise that the final grind is almost imperceptible. This raises the edge to a whole new level of sharpness.