The Kikuichi history of fine craftsmanship dates back to 12th century Japan, when an ancestor became a swordsmith for the emperor, marking each sword with the monarch's chrysanthemum symbol. Today this proud tradition of metalwork continues with beautiful cutlery etched with this enduring emblem. Handcrafted in Japan, the yanagi is the classic Japanese knife used to prepare sushi and sashimi, slicing through delicate fish with precision and ease. Hand forged, hand sharpened and hand assembled in a traditional method involving a 40-step process. Blade features a core of ultrahard high carbon and stain resistant Ginsan steel. Ho wood handle and buffalo horn knife guard. Includes a handmade ho wood sheath for safe storage and to protect the sharp blade from contact. Blade bears the historic Kikuichi symbol of a chrysanthemum. 9 1/2" blade; 5 1/4"-long handle; 5 oz. Handcrafted in Japan.