Kiri is the Japanese word for mist or fog. The folded Damascus steel is really attractive and the knives are ground thin especially behind the edge for excellent cutting performance. These knives are made with VG-10 stainless steel and are very low maintenance. The magnolia and red pakka wood oval handle gives the blades a nice light feel and modern look. Hardness on these knives is 61-62. These are made by Kato-san from Takefu Village.