Born into a family of knife craftsmen, Junro Aoki was anxious to step out of his father's shadow and establish his own family brand. After spending twenty years under his father's tutelage at Aoki Knife Craft, one of the oldest knife crafting companies in Sakai, Japan. He resolved to apply his skills to crafting a new kind of Japanese knife, and in 1990 Aoki's determination paid off. He established the Knife System Company, where he merged traditional techniques and modern technology to create Suisin brand knives. More detail about Suisin.