Jason Kottke recently linked to a photo essay on the making of these authentic Japanese blades. After looking through the photo essay, while my jaw progressively lowered itself to the carpet, I strolled over to the Web site for CHROMA Cutlery's Haiku Knives.
Eliza, you have my permission to buy me an entire set of these knives. :)
Photo essay: Japanese Bladesmiths.
The knives: Haiku Knives.
Via: Jason Kottke.