iThis line is hand-forged in Sakai City by a collective of blacksmiths awarded the title Dentou Kogeshi, an honor reserved for the highest level of artisans and craftsmen. They are 100% handcrafted and feature expertly tapered blades.
iMasamoto Sohonten is known the world over for their fine kitchen knives. A fifth generation workshop and favorite of professional kitchens, we carry both western style and single edged Masamoto knives.
iMatsubara knives are crafted by Katsuto Tanaka, a fourth-generation blacksmith working in Omura City, on the island of Kyushu, a region with a history of knife crafting that dates back hundreds of years.
iMaster Blacksmith Saji Takeshi has built his career over forty years. First known for his fine hunting blades, Saji has recently gained renown for the hand-forged kitchen knives he painstakingly produces in his Takefu City workshop.
iSakai City has a history of blade crafting spanning over 600 years. Some of Japan's finest blacksmiths work under the Sakai Takayuki umbrella. We carry 11 different lines, from stainless VG10 to Blue Steel Honyaki and everything in the middle.
iTakamura Cutlery is a second-generation workshop, producing top quality kitchen knives. Pioneers in the use of high performing powdered steels, their blades have incredible edge retention with extreme attention to detail in every step of the crafting process.
iTakeda knives are handmade by blacksmith Shosui Takeda in Okayama, Japan. Mr. Takeda is a 3rd generation master blacksmith and each knife is carefully and painstakingly forged and tempered out of Blue Aogami Super Steel.
iKatsushige Anryu is a 4th generation blacksmith with over 50 years of experience forging knives. Anryu San is highly regarding for skill, having received multiple awards from the Japanese government. He works in the Takefu Knife Village, hammer forging from a variety of steels.
iThis high quality stainless steel is one of the most widely used steel types, it is easy to sharpen, has solid edge retention while still being easy to sharpen. It is manufactured by the Takefu Special Steel Company and has an HRC of 60-61.
iThis powdered metallurgy high speed tool steel is manufactured by Hitachi Metals Ltd. It has a fine microstructure, which results in blades with a notable toughness and edge retention. It’s among the hardest steels we carry.
iSLD steel was designed as a cutting steel and is known for its strength, toughness and excellent edge retention. Kazan SLD has an HRC of 60 - 62 and has the edge retention of a carbon steel knife as a stainless knife.
iInox is a stainless steel with a long history of use in knife making. The specific blend is created by adding chromium to carbon steel which creates the rust and corrosion resistant property that Inox is known for.