Today we finished off this beautiful kitchen knife. It is our first real venture into using 52100 steel and I can say we are really impressed with both the edge and the stain resistance. Heat treating was a dream and we look forward to more work with it. The handle is spalted maple and walnut. It is an 8.5 inch chef knife. The sexy friend is a 1095 blade with a handle consisting of nickle silver , African Black Wood and Ironwood. Wow what a beauty!