Me and Burt Foster, ABS Master Smith and Forged in Fire champion, have been good friends for many moons, and despite approaching how we work with VERY different methods, our early influences were quite similar. I can't even remember when we started talking about these, but the topic of the neo-Japanese/American kwaiken came up, and how they formed a strong part of our early knife passions. This led to the idea of making a couple for ourselves - you know, for kicks. Then it went from 5" blades to longer. Somehow that turned into six of them. Really, this is just about how ALL of our conversations happen. I NEVER make that many of anything. ...someone wise once said 'never say never', and I guess here's proof. SIX of them, in fact! The 1/4" thick, 9-1/2" long blades are forged laminated steel consisting of an 80CrV2 core with 410 stainless cladding. The handles have tapered tangs, and have been bolstered with a lightweight, slightly soft and contoured material under the black stingray skin and resin-soaked tsukaito. Each blade is marked "One of Six" along the spine. A gold "kirimon" or cherry blossom menuki is under the wrap on one side, where a stylized "F & G" touchmark is, along with the Kanji symbol for "blade". The presentation side features the "Foster-Gregory" mark. A resin-soaked turk's head knot adds to the look of this classic style, and a heavily textured leather saya completes the package. Overall length is 15". Thanks for looking!