Takamura Hamono(blacksmith) can be found in Takefu Village (Echizen) in Fukui Prefecture. It is run by 3rd generation blacksmith Terukazu Takamura who inherited the shop from his father Toshiyuki Takamura San. With over 30 years of experience, his blades are known for an extremely refined and long-lived edge. They've been gaining recognition worldwide by professional chefs and even ranked #1 in a consumer test report by Smartson in Sweden, beating out every "top of the line" European knife in the running. Perfect for the chef who wants a low maintenance knife that'll stay sharp like no other. This series of knives have been made with the beloved VG10, which is prized for its ruggedness and ability to get incredibly sharp.
In 1980, Echizen was the first production center for forged blades to be awarded the nationally recognized Traditional Craft Product accolade. Blades have been hand forged here since the Muromachi period (1392-1573).
VG-10 is a high-carbon stainless steel designed specifically for making knives; it brings sharpness, toughness, and stain resistance together in the best combination possible. You’ll never see your food discolour or have to clean off a rusty knife. These are great little workers and don’t have to be babied as much as some Japanese blades. The handle is made of Pakka wood with a welded bolster and is practically indestructible. It took me over a year to track down Takamura San after seeing their knives displayed at Takefu train station. I’m a major fan.