Our handmade Yoshihiro Aonamiuchi Blue Steel knives are crafted with extraordinary skill by our master artisans. Aoko Blue Steel #1 with a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 63 to 64, is intricately forged with iron to create beautiful wave like patterns. It takes a very high degree of skill to create knives of exceptional performance with such exquisite beauty. Namiuchi means wave forged, and our master artisans blend aesthetics with the highest quality materials and and craftsmanship. Our Yoshihiro Aonamiuchi Blue Steel knives are complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted Yew tree wooden handle affixed with a Water Buffalo horn bolster, and a protective wooden sheath called a Saya is included, which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. The Takobiki is a long slicing knife that was designed to slice paper thin slices of fish for sashimi and its blunt tip is useful for cutting the long tentacles of the octopus. The beauty of its elegant thin blade is its ability to slice through an ingredient in long uniterrupted strokes, preserving its integrity and freshness. The Takobiki is longer and thinner than a Yanagi and is unique tool for prepaing delicate ingredients. Even the simplest of tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.