Throughout history, blade forging has always had a highly mystical quality. This is the only explanation for the fact that the products were often refined far beyond functional requirements and became almost ritualistic objects. The passionate striving for perfection which characterized the profession of Samurai Sword making can still be found in some knifemakers. There is no doubt that Kobayashi-san, purveyor to the Imperial Court, belongs to this rare species. His Hocho are perfectly shaped compositions made from the finest materials.