Kikuichi knives have a history of fine craftsmanship that dates to the 12th century Japan. An ancestor became a swordmaker for the emporer at that time. Each sword and now today, each Kikuichi knife, carries the prestigious Japanese chrysanthemum symbol, granted to few companies based on the extremely high quality of their products. The majority of Kikuichi knives are. Skilled craftsmen each handle different parts of the knife making process. Kikuichi 9.5"Nickel Sweden Warikomi Damascus Chef's Knife. Blade measures 9-5/8 x 2 inches (245mm x 50mm); Handle measures length 5-1/8 inches (130mm); Total knife measures 14-3/4 inches (375mm). Long lasting sharp edge retention. better when used on meat, fish, or poultry rather than when used on high-acid citrus or tomato. Made in Japan.