I recently won a charity auction from @korinknives to benefit the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes this year. The knife is a special "Kizuna" line from a retired blacksmith Keijiro Doi who has received the highest honor the Japanese government gives to traditional craftsmen.
He named the line "Kizuna" which means "bonds" because bonds between people is what allows us to get through hard times. "Kizuna" was named "kanji of the year" after the devastating 2011 earthquakes, because the Japanese people united in the face of tremendous destruction. This knife is a promise that tragedy can be overcome when we unite rather than divide.
Now more than ever, we need to remember that bonds are what make us strong.