For day-to-day chopping, slicing and mincing, Calphalon's 8-in. chef's knife is the one you'll reach for time and time again. It dices onions and peppers, makes slender "matchstick" French fries and thinly shreds cabbage. The softly curved edge allows for a gentle, even rocking and gliding motion as you cut. Make use of the whole blade to cut larger items or use the flat side of the blade to lightly smash the skins from garlic cloves. Hand-forged from premium quality high-carbon, no-stain German steel, Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery features a sleek, ergonomically contoured grip handle. A full-tang design provides better balance and superior strength. In addition, the name of each knife is etched into the end of its handle, so there's never a doubt which knife you're pulling out of the block. Contemporary Cutlery is backed by a lifetime warranty. Features: Knife Construction: Crafted from high-carbon, no-stain German steel with Molybdenum and Vanadium. Tempered, heat-hardened to 1000°C, HRC 54-56 (Hardness Rockwell "C" scale; a standard measurement of hardness). Fully tapered from cutting edge to spine and from tip to heel for superior strength. Key Performance: Balance of knives, strength and durability of blades. Blades' ability to be honed and maintain its edge. Knife identification on butt of handle. Blade: Fully forged blade. Full tang for balance and strength. Bolster: One piece of metal for blade, bolster and tang. Handle: Full tang - first ever ergonomically designed handle which shows the full tang. Crafted from fiberglass-reinforced polyresin - won't split, crack or harbor micro-organisms. Patented knife identification etched on the butt of handle.