When Norio Sawada established Nenohi in 1975, he aspired to create knives that would be appreciated by the world. To produce his ideal Western style knives, he teamed up with a knife crafting specialist to create new styles of knives that exceeds traditional knife crafting methods. The major line to come out of this partnership was Nenox Western style knives. Nenohi applies the skills and techniques of traditional Japanese knife crafting to Western style knives in paying great attention to detail each step of the production process. Much of the process is done by hand, and all Nenohi knives are inspected before they are shipped. Nenohi has achieved their ideal Western style knives with the Nenox line.