My wife saw a knife on one of them cooking shows, that was quite stunning and asked me to make her one. As stainless Damascus is quite an extensive process for the do-it-your- selfer, I knew she was asking a lot. Then I remembered I saw something similar on KnifeKits.com. I thought we'd try one of these out and share it with you. The steel is SUS-10, SUS-430 with an AUS-8 core. Blade is .070 thick. 7.25 long and 2'' wide. 12.250 total length. I threw out the hardware that came with the kit and used my own with some real nice Hawaiian Koa. Now of course I feel like I cheated a little here, but the results were worth it. Sorry for the crappy photos, I still have to get around to building a light box. As for the performance. The balance is awesome if the blade is pinched right in front of the bolster and the total weight is very light (sorry no scale). So far she is amazed with how this knife performs and looks. I would highly recommend these.