Produced by Shizu Hamono Seisakusho which is located in Seki City, Gifu prefecture in Japan. Produced from single layer Molybdenum vanadium steel, MV steel is quite tough making it a great choice for cooks with a heavy hand. The Yuri series is extremely thin giving it impressive cutting aggression. The handle is made from laminated, reinforced wood that is highly resistant to water. To make it durable against water, a metal cap has been installed so that water can't permitted between the handles and the blade.