One of Element Knife Companies’ most popular series of knives, the 45 layer Nickel Warikomi Damascus is beautiful and functional and will be the showpiece of any kitchen. With a thin blade and a light agile feel, meal prep is a dream. Kikuichi blade-smiths construct this series with a core of Aichi AUS-10 stainless clad between 11 layers of nickel, 6 layers of SUS420 and 5 layers of J1 stainless steel, creating the damascus pattern. These have a thin blade and a light agile feel. The Japanese Rosewood Octagon handle is comfortable and durable. Literally translated, Santoku means three virtues and performs at a high-level with meat, fish and vegetables.