The Kikuichi Company has a long and distinguished history. Although they have been producing superior cutlery for more than a hundred years, the origins of their company lie still further back in time. Some seven hundred years ago the emperor Gotoba authorized a family ancestor, Shiro Kanenaga, to be one of his sword smiths. For the next several hundred years their family manufactured samurai swords that bore the emperor's chrysanthemum symbol or Kiku-no-mon as a mark of their excellence. Because of his excellence, he was permitted to use a Chrysanthemum flower symbol on his sword. (The Chrysanthemum flower is the symbol for the emperor in Japan.). Now you will find Chrysanthemum flower symbol on their cutlery.
When the Meiji Revolution brought an end to the samurai era in 1868, Kikuichi re-invented itself as a maker of cutlery. As the fourth- generation owner of this cutlery company, they are proud to carry on in the high standard of craftsmanship they apply to the knives and scissors they produce today. In fact, the legacy of Shiro Kanenaga, their illustrious ancestor, is represented in their company's full name: "Kikuichi-Monjyu-Shiro-Kanenaga." Kikuichi means "first chrysanthemum," and Monjyu the Buddha that Shiro Kanenaga worshipped in his hometown of Nara.
When you purchase a piece of Kikuichi, you will own a piece of history and craftsmanship like no other.