Our 11¾˝ Shigeki Damascus Yanagiba Sushi Knife is hand forged by 4th generation blacksmith Shigeki Tanaka. For more than 100 years, the Tanaka family has been noted for their fine quality farming tools. Due to declining demand for farm tools, the family began making cutlery. To increase their technique, they apprenticed their youngest son, Shigeki, to a famous Takefu knife maker. Since returning to his father's shop, Shigeki has become noted for the quality of his knives. Each blade is hand forged from a lamination of high carbon blue steel and a Damascus material consisting of stainless and nickel steel in 14 alternating layers. After tempering to Rc64 the blade is polished to a razor edge. The maker's mark is hand graved on the blade and a magnolia wood handle is installed. The pattern on each knife is unique. Blade length is 11¾˝ and overall length is17½˝. A Kiri Wood treasure box is included with each knife.