The blade is made of 'forge purified' #1 Blue steel laminated to kamaji with a mokume (wood grain) pattern, this Japanese steel is able to take a keener edge than your regular #1 Blue steel.
Old Photos - showing fresh from the box. When I used this for the first time I had an awakening. A tear in my eye. I saw the truth of what I was aiming for.
I also took the stickers off.
Unsure why people keep the stickers on their planes, they are from a modern world that does not aesthetically blend. Or perhaps it is because I use a sticker machine every week at work?