Kikuichi Warikomi Damascus Kikuichi Warikomi Damascus Tsuchime Knives. What a mouthful! These are the top of the line knives from Kikuichi. The word Tsuchime means hand hammered. This line features a clad knife which has a middle core of VG10 High Carbon Steel surrounded by a stainless steel exterior for protection and stain resistance. The hard VG10 stainless core of the blade provides excellent edge retention. Finally the blade is hand hammer peined to give it a rustic look and also help prevent food from sticking to the sides of the blade. The handle is made with sanitary composition scales that are riveted to the full tang. The result is a masterpiece of Japanese kitchen cutlery.