Harder, yet more flexible than than traditional steel, the Shun Classic Nakiri Knife ($125) works great for slicing and dicing. The 6.5-inch blade features a VG-10 core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel to produce a rust-free, detailed surface. The Nikiri knife is finished with a D-shaped, ebony-colored PakkaWood handle to ensure a firm and secure grip.