Founded in 1920, Takeda Hamono produces some of the best hand-forged blades and kitchen tools. Takeda knives are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and high-performance. Takeda’s workshop, , made up of a small, highly skilled team, works in Niimi, Japan. Currently led by third-generation master blacksmith, Shosui Takeda, Takeda Hamono produces handmade Japanese chef knives, forged from in both carbon steel—aogami super steel (NAS) and Aogami Super Stainless versions. Takeda knives are well known for their out of the box sharpness, edge retention and ease of sharpening. Takeda knives have a limited production, but professional chefs around the world agree that they are worth the wait.