Masakage Mizu Collection is handmade by Anryu san. These knives have been named Mizu (water in Japanese) as the blue/black kurochi finish gives the impression of cold, deep water. Paired with an oval cherry wood handle these knives represent excellent bang for the buck. Aogami #2 carbon steel is an excellent steel when forged properly. Rockwell Hardness on these particular knives is 62:64 and they come with a very attractive oval handle of Japanese Cherry wood.