Tojiro's R2 knives are super thin behind the edge, and sport R-2 powder steel (also known as SG2) at the core hardened to 64 HRC; making for a long-lived cutting edge. The handles are made of black stamina wood; which is an extremely stable material fabricated with resin-impregnated wood veneers that have been compressed under high heat.
Tojiro was founded in 1953 in Niigata and have been making affordable, high-quality knives ever since. They are one of the largest knife makers in Japan. They utilize a variety of steels in their knives, stainless and carbon, and both traditional Japanese knives and Western style double bevel knives are available.