This stainless steel cheese knife has been made with a Red Mallee Burl handle. This highly figured wood is sought after by many woodworkers around the world. It is uniquely Australian wood. The handle has been finished with a friction polish. It provides only limited protection and us not waterproof. This knife should be hand washed only and never be put in the dishwasher. Harsh cleaning agents or scouring pads should also not be used on the handle.