Traditional cleavers have nothing on the Nakiri Hollow Edge Knife. The thin blade has a ten degree cutting edge. The vertical indentations create small air pockets between the blade and the food, reducing friction and drag and also gently pushing food off the blade. It's ideal for starchy vegetables or food that tends to stick to a knife's blade. Like all knives in the Wusthof Classic series, this full-tang knife is precision-forged from a single blank of high carbon stainless steel. The polyoxymethylene handle is designed with comfort and durability in mind. This is an excellent gift for any experienced chef or chef in the making.