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Makers from across Japan

Japanny is proud to work with some of the top knife makers and brands in Japan.
Each maker has their own unique history and techniques, but all are dedicated to bringing well-made Japanese kitchen knives to chefs around the world.

Seisuke

We work with various craftsmen throughout Japan to produce knives under our brand name Seisuke.

We offer a variety of different knives from affordable workhouses to one-of-a-kind works of art. 

Takefu Knife Village

Many of the craftsmen we work with are headquartered in Takefu Knife Village. Founded in 2005 by ten knife makers, including Takeshi Saji, Katsuhige Anryu, and Yoshimi Kato, who wanted to promote the art and industry of knife making to new generations.

Located in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, this state of the art facility houses workshops for each of the resident craftsmen, as well as a museum to educate students, tourists, and other visitors to the Village. 

Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture

Yu Kurosaki Knives

Yu Kurosaki

Well-known for his unique blade designs, Yu Kurosaki is the youngest blacksmith to ever receive the title of "Master Blacksmith" awarded by the Japanese government for upholding traditional craft techniques.

Not only does Kurosaki tempt us with his beautiful blade designs, but their ability to perform keeps us coming back. He combines high quality materials and age old forging techniques to create a knife with an extremely sharp edge that will hold up throughout use.

Takeshi Saji Knives

Takeshi Saji

One of the most revered bladesmiths in Japan, Takeshi Saji captivates his customers with the beauty and finesse of his knives. Combining traditional forging techniques with new and innovative designs, Saji crafts beautiful, functional works of art.

People say that his knives are almost too beautiful to use, but once you use one of his knives you'll fall even more in love with it. You will want to spend all your time in the kitchen just so you can use your new Saji knife.

Yoshimi Kato Knives

Yoshimi Kato

Yoshimi Kato hand forges his knives in the town of Takefu, Fukui Prefecture. After taking over the company from his father Hiroshi in 2017, Kato continues to craft high quality knives. 

As a craftsman he is always striving for perfection. He goes abroad a few times a year to visit his loyal customers and gather feedback to improve his designs and functionality.

Hideo Kitaoka Knives

Hideo Kitaoka

Born in 1950, bladesmith Hideo Kitaoka works in Takefu Village, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture. From a young age Kitaoka began learning his craft from his father and now specializes in traditional single bevel knives.

Keeping with tradition, Kitaoka forges his blades from high carbon steel for the finest edge quality. The superior craftsmanship resonates throughout the body as you use these knives, making you the envy of sushi chefs around the world. 

Katsushige Anryu Knives

Katsushige Anryu

"Iron is alive, it can live and it can die depending on the blacksmith."
                                - Katsushige Anryu

Knife making is in Anryu's blood. His family started making knives in the early 1870's. Anryu is now the fourth generation to continue this legacy. He started apprenticing under his father, Katsutoshi Anryu, after graduating high school in 1959 and now with well over 50 years of experience he continues to forge incredible blades. Anryu is always striving to make better knives that in turn make the cooking process that much more enjoyable.

Shungo Ogata

Shungo Ogata

Shungo Ogata is a young, talented blacksmith who works among the masters in Takefu Knife Village, Fukui, Japan. He began his career as a blade sharpener and has recently begun producing very high quality knives of his own.

His background in sharpening allows him to focus on the geometry of the blade, creating extremely thin blades that slice with ease. With a variety of different and interesting blade shapes and styles, we can’t wait to see what Ogata will come up with next!

Takamura Knives

Takamura Cutlery

Isamu Takamura founded Takamura Cutlery in post-war Japan. Working in Echiezen City, Fukui Prefecture, an area with a rich history of knife making, Takamura set out to create the best quality knives forged from stainless steel. He spent countless hours experimenting to produce blades with the same sharpness and edge retention as those made of high carbon steel that did not stain or rust.

Takamura Cutlery became one of the first manufacturers to utilize High Speed Powdered Steel (HSPS); forging knives from R2/SG2 steel to improve on the already sharp and edge retaining qualities of their knives. Use a knife forged by Takamura Cutlery and you will notice a smile naturally come to your face!

Kunihira Knives

Kunihira

Kunihira is a small company with a desire to produce the best knives possible at the most affordable price. While there is less variation in size and shape of the blades they produce, their quality is unmatched.

Kunihira uses high quality materials to produce knives that will outperform their competition and make a great addition to any knife kit, whether you're a home cook or professional chef. 

Makoto Kurosaki Knives

Makoto Kurosaki

The older brother of Yu Kurosaki, Makoto got his start in the knife world sharpening knives under master Hiroshi Kato.

Makoto has since made a name for himself by producing knives with subtly exquisite design paired with excellent craftsmanship and unmatched cutting feel.

Nao Yamamoto Knives

Nao Yamamoto

After apprenticing under Masami Azai of Echizen Marukatsu, Nao Yamamoto went through further apprenticeship with Kamotou Hamono in Takefu. Several years ago, he returned to work with Masami Azai again and inherited his techniques and 'Echizen Marukatsu' inscription. Yamamoto is one of the most noteworthy blacksmiths today. His knife-shaped fish bone was awarded a prize in the 2013 All Nippon Knife Show in Kobe. He manufactures kitchen knives to short swords and uses a selection of stainless steel like VG10 Damascus, or Shirogami and Aogami.

Takayuki Iwai Knives

Takayuki Iwai

Takayuki Iwai knives are made entirely by hand. They don’t use machines to mass produce as they believe that machine-made knives are less superior than those that are hand made. For Takayuki Iwai's strict standards, it is quality first.   

Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture

Sakai Takayuki Knives

Sakai Takayuki

Behind the Sakai Takayuki brand is 600 plus years of knife making history by skilled craftsmen of Sakai City, Osaka prefecture.

Originally famous for the production of Samurai swords, the makers in Sakai take pride in their work and never compromise on quality.

Jikko Cutlery Knives

Jikko Cutlery

Established in 1901, Jikko Cutlery has become known for their variety of unique and beautiful blade designs mixed with top tier craftsmanship.

"Hatsuke” is a special finishing method used to give the blades an even finer angle, making their knives even sharper and at the same time allowing the blade to retain sharpness for longer

Sakai Kikumori Knives

Sakai Kikumori

Sakai Kikumori is well known for their attention to detail and fine finish on their blades.

Every knife of theirs is meticulously hand crafted with the finest materials to produce a blade that combines subtle aesthetic beauty with superior professional construction. 

Seki City, Gifu Prefecture

Iseya Knives

Iseya

Iseya knives are produced by Seto Cutlery in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture since 1908.

These knives are made with traditional Japanese techniques using the best quality steel available. Hand hammered, polished, and sharpened these blades are an excellent choice and loved by the people who use them.

Misono Knives

Misono

Established in 1935, Misono began by producing high quality kitchen tools. It wasn't until the 1960s that they shifted their focus to knives.

All Misono knives are handmade in-house in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture. Their attention to detail is evident in the fine craftsmanship of each knife. 

Kanetsune Knives

Kanetsune

Kanetsune is located in Seki City and is known to be the City of Blades.

Kanetsune Seki, one of Japan's supreme master craftsmen, utilizes the underground method of Japanese sword-making method called "Seki-den". This method started some 800 years back and has been handed down to this present day.

Miyako Knives

Miyako

Miyako knives are made to represent the splendor of classic Japanese knives. Damascus steel is used to craft these beautiful cutlery. The knife makers at Miyako have always considered the best methods to produce a razor sharp edge.

A key trait of a Miyako blade is its subtle luster, which is made by applying matte finish after polishing. Take pride in owning this line of superb knives with unique and stylish designs.

Sanjou City, Niigata Prefecture

Tojiro Knives

Tojiro

Tojiro's trademark symbol is derived from four images of Mt. Fuji representing the four promises of the mountain: good faith, sincerity, appreciation, and creation. They strive to put these four promises into each and every blade that they craft. 

Out of Sanjou City, Niigata Prefecture, Tojiro produces affordable, yet high quality knives that have become a staple in kitchens around the world.  

MIKI City, HYOGO Prefecture

Shigeki Tanaka Knives

Shigeki Tanaka

The young Shigeki Tanaka is a skilled craftsman from Miki, Hyogo Prefecture. His passion for creating knives is as hot as the forge used to make them and to see him hammer steel into knives is spectacular.

Tanaka started training and making knives in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture. Since, he has created many blades under his brand Shigeki-saku. With his radical design and beautiful craftsmanship, his knives are loved by people all over the world.

TOYAMA City, TOYAMA Prefecture

Sukenari Knives

Sukenari

Founded in 1933, Sukenari has gained a reputation for quality. Using the same technique that is used to craft samurai swords, Sukenari has been certified to create honyaki knives that are unsurpassed in their edge retention and durability as well as their cutting edge. This technique, however, is extremely difficult and time consuming.

In recent days, Sukenari has begun forging knives from "high speed steels" - such as R2 and HAP40 - while maintaining the same blade quality and edge retention. Sukenari always tries to improve on the quality and performance of their knives.