The Hayakawa Kitchen Knife is made by master craftsman Masaya Hayakawa in Kyoto. It has a beautiful mahogany handle and is hand-sharpened so you can use it right out of the box. Masaya Hayakawa is one of the oldest knife makers in Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. This artisan technique gives his knives their superior strength, edge retention, and overall lighter weight. Handles are buffed to a lustrous finish and then sanded for comfort. From start to finish, this knife is pure craftsmanship at its best.