Tokusei series knives are specially made professional quality series for Sakai Kikumori hand forged with iron and #2 shirogami (white steel) by skilled smiths and finished by hand on wet grinders by sharpeners in Sakai. These knives are a great value, good quality materials by skilled smiths and grinders but without a lot of finishing work and with fairly inexpensive Japanese magnolia and horn handles.
Sakai Kikumori was started in 1926 and draws on Sakais 600 year history as the major center of traditional Japanese cutlery manufacture. Sakai Kikumori works with a large variety of Sakais smiths, sharpeners and small factories to offer a wide variety of knives ranging from traditional materials and styles (single bevel yanagiba, usuba, deba etc.) to more modern western influenced styles and materials.