8.5" 215mm AISI W2 tool steel Honyaki* XT Gyuto, tested to 65HRC, in my ultra laser geometry. This knife is a laser, with a 65mm heel height vs the standard 50mm, allowing even better leverage and increased forward balance for superior cutting performance, as well as the improved food release granted by my proprietary geometry. The edge profile on this knife is European, which will excel at rocking, but still slice competently.
The handle is my Western Hybrid, in Arizona Desert Ironwood, with mammoth ivory and 1850's wrought iron.
*'Honyaki' is a Japanese term describing a method of forging a knife from one single material, almost always high-carbon steel, and quenched in oil (abura-honyaki) or water (mizu-honyaki) with clay to yield a soft, shock absorbing spine and hard edge for high sharpness. This process, when done correctly, also results in an exquisitely beautiful, permanent line in the blade...that can be polished in such a way as to visually describe the variance of crystalline structures that are the only true indicator that the process was successful.