Yoshikazu Tanaka is a blacksmith in Sakai, considered to be one of the best blacksmiths in the region. He only forges 30 knives a day, which may sound like a lot but is actually half as many as a lot of blacksmiths.
This particular line is a collaboration between Knifewear and Sakai Kikumori, a knife distributor in Sakai who represents Tanaka-san. We have asked Yoshikazu Tanaka to forge the blades and Ajioka san to sharpen. The soft, misty finish was also specially chosen by us. The blade is forged with Shirogami #2, a traditional high-carbon steel beloved by knife makers and chefs alike for its extreme sharpness and excellent edge retention.