Karaku knives are made in Tosa, Japan, and they are good entry level knives that use Aogami Super steel. Michikuni Tokaji is the blacksmith who makes these for us and he's the same one that also produces the Zakuri line of knives. Tosa is a famous knife making region of Japan and they specialize is kurouchi knives and affordable prices. Because of its physical isolation, Tosa traditionally has a unique culture compared to other areas of Japan. You can see this different culture in the knives that are made in the Tosa region.