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The Kikuichi Company has a long history and distinguished history. Although they have been producong superior cutlery for more than one hundred years, the origins of the company go further back. Some seven hundred years ago the Emperor Gotoba authorized the family ancestor, Shiro Kanenaga, to be one of his swordsmiths.For the next several hundred years the family produced Samuri Swords that bore the Emperors Chrysanthemum symbol as a mark of their excellence. Today the original swords are on display at the Seikado Museum in Tokyo.