Kagekiyo is a premium line made by Baba Hamono. Every craftsman that works on this line is a certified master craftsman and it shows in the beauty and finesse of these knives. The blade is forged from aogami #1 (blue #1) steel with iron cladding rated at 63hrc. Aogami 1 is known for excellent edge retention and toughness. These knives have impressive geometry and are very thin at the edge. The spine and choil are mirror polished. The handle, saya, and box are all finished with the highest quality black uroshi (tradtional japanese lacquering).