This fine Usuba 165mm made from Takefu Shiro-2 steel comes from Kanetsune cutlery. Kanetsune is the brand name for knives which Kitasho Co. Ltd. manufactures.There are some areas to make cutting tools in Japan. Seki city in Gifuprefecture is also one of them where Kanetsune Factory is located. Seki City the City of Blades is the 800-year-old blade capital of the Orient. In Seki City they have the greatest number of Japanese sword craftsmen in all Japan, who actively work on passing down the inimitable craft and tradition of Japanese sword-making from generation to generation, and intent upon introducing these excellent blades from Japan to the world. Usuba has a little bit thinner blade than traditional nakiri.