The Ziricote (a tropical hardwood) handles of this Italian knife set (a 7 ½” Chef’s knife and a 4 ½” close-work Paring knife) have an ergonomically comfortable slight arc to them. The blade on the Chef’s knife has a pronounced curve to it to enhance the efficiency of a rapid dicing motion. The blades of both are, of course, stainless steel. Experienced cooks (amateur or professional) will recognize the high quality of these tools. Good knives are critical to the work in any kitchen. The usual familiar brand names dominate what is typically available, but there are other special makers who manufacture super high quality (and therefore more expensive) knives that have a harder time in the retail market being recognized and distributed. Garrett Wade has identified an Italian maker doing extraordinary work, and we have selected these knives for you. These are beautiful tools that will be unlike any regular brand that may be in your kitchen.