The Cheese Slicer hardware has a matte black finish. The wire is stainless steel. The metal is purchased from a dependable supplier. The wood has been cut from Ambrosia Maple from the USA. The board has a natural food safe finish, mineral oil and bee's wax to protect it but provide ease in its care. The grain is beautifully displayed making it an excellent way to serve the hard cheese that is enjoyed by many people. It will also be an excellent conversation piece or a gift that will be appreciated for many years. It may be washed with soap and water, a dish brush works great to clean the slot where the wire cuts the cheese. It may NOT be put in the dishwasher. If it appears dry apply mineral oil and bee's wax ( butcher block conditioner), let it absorb, then buff it with a microfiber cloth. It measures approx. 8"W x 10"L x .75"H, the metal is included, the board is 5.75"W x 9.25"L x .75"H. Instructions for the care of wood and the name of the wood and its origin are included with the purchase.