Our forging masters specialize in Wakashizuke, a forging technique which combines two kinds of soft and hard metal to create a superior blade. The forging experience have been passed down from their family for many years. Some of them were designated a traditional crafts-person by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. This designation is given to select expert craftsmen involved in traditional arts.
Mr. Akimasa Oe is a 2nd generation knife assembling and finishing master from Sakai city.
After graduating from university in Osaka, he apprenticed and worked in other aspects
of the knife industry in Japan, before returning to take over his father's business. He now
has over 25 years of experience as an assembling and engraving master. He notes that
the most difficult part when engraving in English is writing the letter O or R. These round
letters are most challenging, as these shapes do not appear in in the roman alphabet.