The Kikuichi Company has a long and distinguished history. 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. When the Meiji Revolution brought an end to the samurai era in 1868, Kikuichi re-invented itself as a maker of cutlery. Their tradition of sword making begun so long ago it is something that Kikuichi is proud to carry on in the high standard of craftsmanship they apply to the cutlery they produce today. Unlike ordinary stainless steel knives, the sharpness of Kikuichi knives is easily maintained. Kikuichi knives are two-sided.
Kikuichi Elite Carbon Knives
are made of high carbon steel, making these knives very sharp, and easy to sharpen. These carbon knives do require more care than stainless steel knives, as they can rust.
Kikuichi Hammered Damascus Knives
have a Warikomi Gold core (VG10 steel) clad with 16 layers per side of Damascus style folded steel. The top half of the knife is then hammered for both appearance and functionality.
Kikuichi Molybdenum Pro Knives
are one of Kikuichis best selling knife series. These knives are reasonably priced, and have a great edge that is easy to re-sharpen, and consist of high molybdenum content steel.
Kikuichi Swedish Stain Gold Knives
have a core of premium alloy steel, which includes Chromium, Cobalt, and Molybdenum. They are clad on both sides, with SUS410 steel. Each knife comes with a wood saya (sheath).
Kikuichi Warikomi Gold Knives
function more or less the same as a Damascus layered knife, but without the layered design. The price is better and performance is the same, as the core of these knives is VG-10 steel.