Tsutomu Kajiwaraís knives come to us from Tosa, located in Kōchi Prefecture on the southern Japanese Island of Shikoku. Built along the banks of the Niyodo River, whose associated flood plain is home to a good deal of rice farming, Tosa was founded as a city in 1959, but itís history reaches back to the Edo Period, and before, when the entire province was known as Tosa collectively. Now in his 60ís (?) Kajiwara-san is a third generation smith, and the experience of his lineage will be evident the very first time your fingers run across the masterful grind put on these beautiful Hitachi Aogami #2 or blue paper #2 blades. The damascus line is a deep gunmetal grey color, with a damascus pattern that has wonderful depth and definition, appearing almost holographic in the right light. The kurouchi knives are elegant representatives of the traditional rustic carbon blackened finish that has been popular throughout Japan for a very long time. We think these knives are a tremendous value, providing incredible utility, excellent quality materials, and masterful workmanship, at a realistic price point.