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The Shun Blue Steel 8 inch Kiritsuke knife is the only traditional Japanese knife that is multi-purpose. Use this medium sized knife for slicing meats or vegetables. The Kiritsuke works extremely well for sushi because of the sharpness of its carbon steel blade.Normally, carbon steel, or blue steel,blades are very time-consuming to maintain. Blue Steel knives from Shun are easy to maintain because the carbon steel in Shun Blue is completely covered by 2 layers of rust-resistant stainless steel. Caring for Shun Blue as you would any other high quality Shun knife.The Kiritsuke Blue Steel knife from Shun is hand crafted in Japan of Japanese carbon steel. As with all Shun knives, Blue Steel has a lifetime warranty and free lifetime sharpening.