Mutsumi Hinoura is the son of renowned blacksmith, Tsukasa Hinoura. In his late thirties he is already considered one of Japan’s most revered blacksmiths, and the 4th generation to carry on the craft. Mutsumi San lives in Sanjo, in the Niigata region. This area is known for its handmade cutlery. For nearly 2 decades he studied with his father. In 2001, he graduated from Niigata College of Engineering.
From there he began his career and honing his craft to produce steel with traditional style and modern performance. He works under the family brand, Ajikataya (味方屋), which specialize in producing traditional Japanese hatchets and other bladed tools.