The folks at Tojiro have done an excellent job crafting an economical knife that keeps with the tradition of superior cutlery that the Japanese are known for. The Tojiro Color series knives use Molybdenum Vanadium Steel, which is excellent steel for fist time users. It is strong, and easy to sharpen. These particular knives are a great choice for culinary students or home cooks, who want a knife that can perform, but do not want to break the bank. All knives are fitted with an elastomer resin handle, which is designed for ultimate comfort, and it is HACCP compliant.