This blade has more than meets the eye. The steel is finished with a non-stick coating, so when you slice food, it won't stick to the blade. That makes for easier prep work. More efficient cutting comes from the ash wood handle and curved blade, so you can grip and rock the knife for simple chopping. Most importantly, the whole thing's well balanced with a heavy bolster, feeling exceptional in the hand each and every time you use it to chop, slice, chiffonade, or what have you.