When you own a Kikuichiyou have a piece of Japanese history at home. The Kikuichi brand has a long and impressive history. Although they have been producing superior knives for over a hundred years, the company's origins date back even further. In the year 1267, Emperor Gotoba gave Kikuichi's family ancestor, Shiro Kanenaga, permission to become one of his swordsmiths. Over the following hundreds of years, the samurai family manufactured swords bearing the chrysanthemum symbol of the emperor kiku-no-mon as a mark of superior quality and excellence. Today, Shiro Kanenaga's original swords are considered national treasures in Japan and are on display at the Seikado Museum in Tokyo.
When the Meiji Revolution ended the samurai era in 1868, the company reinvented itself as a maker of knives and scissors. The legacy of Shiro Kanenaga is represented in the full name of the company: “Kikuichi-Monjyu-Shiro-Kanenaga”. Kikuichi means first chrysanthemum and Monju the Buddha worshiped by Shiro Kanenaga in his hometown of Nara.
stainless steel knives and scissors, easily retain their sharpness. At least four master craftsmen work on one knife, each with their own specialty, including forging and sharpening the blade. stainless steel knives and scissors retain their sharpness easily. At least four master craftsmen work on one knife, each with their own specialty, including forging and sharpening the blade.