One of the most popular lengths for yanagiba knives, these are hand-forged by Keijiro Doi in Blue #2 steel. This knife is a work of functional art and has a beautiful mirror finish. Mr. Doi, now 84 years old, entered into blacksmithing at the age of 19 as an apprentice to his father. He is considered a traditional craftsman and in 1987 received the highest honor from The Ministry of International Trade and Industry. This knife comes with a ebony wood handle with black buffalo horn ferrule.