The Houenryu is the absolute high end series from Ryusen. Finished immaculate in every detail and constructed by combining modern technique with craftmanship. This Houenryu is not comparable to any other knife you have seen before. This rain drop Damascus pattern clearly indicates the level of experience of the knifemaker. 70 layers of the Damascus steel, constructed out of VG2 and VG10, also known as honyaki VG2VG10. Normally a layered steel is constructed out of an uneven amount of layers, where the core steel indicates quality of the knife. Here, VG2 and VG10 are forged throughout the whole blade and will get dull differently on the cutting edge.