The Master Blacksmith of Saitama Prefecture Kisuke Manaka of Manaka Hamono.
He is the 5th generation from the group of blacksmiths who have been hand forging blades since 1872. They started forging katana then gradually moved to farming tools and then to kitchen knives.
Every piece is painstakingly made by him from scratch with his schedule running 12 hours a day non stop. His knives have a superb fit and finish and thin spine. You can definitely expect high performance and aesthetics with his knives.
He is a very fun guy to be with and have such humor, humility and also respect to his craft. It is my honor to be the first one to represent his knives here in the western world.