These finely crafted small knives come from the Tosa Region on Shikoku Island, where the master blacksmiths still adhere to the old ways. The master blacksmiths hand hammer a lamination of high carbon "white steel" between two layers of soft wrought iron. They are tempered to Rockwell c63 and will hold an edge far longer than any Western made knife. The handles are made from Ho wood. They come well sharpened with instructions for maintaining a razor edge. The small blade makes a great paring knife for fruit and vegetables. The blade length is 4˝, and the overall length is 9½˝.