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. Laser mark seal on the Paddouk Wood handle preserves the natural beauty of the wood. Made in Germany.