These knives are forged by Master Yoshikazu Ikeda. Based in Sakai City, Mr. Ikeda is one of the most respected knife forgers among the Japanese blacksmith community and the president of the Department of Traditional Crafts. Started in 1967 as his father's apprentice and has over 50 years of experience.
1988 METI-designated Master of Traditional Crafts
1999 Sakai City Special Contribution Award
2004 Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Award
2014 Osaka Prefectural Award "Master Crafsman in Naniwa"