Laguiole Steak Knives are made with Amourette wood and has gold-satin finish. This wood is truly robust and will undergo little deformation with the passing years. The stainless steel range is the best made cutlery, can be passed down from generation to generation. Amourette, also known as "snake wood", is one of the most precious woods used in knifemaking. It is very hard wood and has markings reminiscent of snakeskin. It has truly unique coloring composed of a reddish orange-brown with subtle darker brown patches. This wood is so hard and dense that it does not float!