Kikuichi Japanese Knives
The Kikuichi Company has a long and distinguished history. Although they have been producing superior cutlery for more than a hundred and fifty years, the origins of the Kikuichi company lie still further back in time. Some seven hundred years ago the emperor Gotoba authorized their family ancestor, Shiro Kanenaga, to be one of his sword smiths. For the next several hundred years their family manufactured samurai swords that bore the emperors chrysanthemum symbol or Kiku-no-mon as a mark of their excellence. The tradition of sword making that begun so long ago is something that the Kikuichi Company is proud to carry on in the high standard of craftsmanship they apply to the knives and scissors they produce today. Unlike ordinary stainless steel knives and scissors, the sharpness of Kikuichi's high quality, hand crafted products is easily maintained.
The Kikuichi knives are made in Sakai, Japan where is 95% of traditional Japanese knives are made.
Traditionally, Japanese knives are made from forging two different types of carbon steels. They are called Jigane and Hagane. Jigane is soft supporting carbon steel that provides flexibility and ease of sharpening. Hagane is hard carbon steel that determines the quality of the blade.