Kikuichi history dates back some seven hundred years when we started as a sword-smith. Today, we are the only cutlery manufacturer with the true legacy of Samurai sword-smith.
The Kikuichi Company has a long and distinguished history. Although we have been producing superior cutlery for more than a hundred years, the origins of our company lie still further back in time. Some seven hundred years ago the emperor Gotoba authorized our family ancestor, Shiro Kanenaga, to be one of his sword-smiths. For the next several hundred years our family manufactured samurai swords that bore the emperor's chrysanthemum symbol or Kiku-no-mon as a mark of their excellence. Today Shiro Kanenaga's original swords are considered national treasures in Japan and are on display at Seikado Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo.