The Nittaku S-CZ is part of the S-Series, is a product of German craftsmanship and European Spruce wood. Spruce is well known as an exquisite wood that is used in the highest quality musical instruments. Nittaku's S-Series brings you this high-quality wood for a reasonable price. The S-CZ is recommended for offensive play. The 5-ply Spruce/Ayous/Kiri + Carbon Fleece Zylon configuration is outstanding for all facets of your game. The laser mark seal on the Paddouk Wood handle preserves the natural beauty of the wood. Made in Germany.