If you’ve ever been to a Knifewear store, chances are you’ve heard the name “Shibata-san”once or twice. Takayuki Shibata-san is our good friend and the president of Masakage Knives, Kotetsu Knives, Tinker Knives and now West Japan Tools. West Japan Tools was started out of His desire to create the perfect frying pan, but it soon expanded to his other obsessions. Shibata-san works with skilled craftsmen to develop interesting and unique items for your kitchen.
Learn more about Takayuki Shibata
In this interview from Springhammer, Shibata-san shows off his spectacular sharpening skills and explains his process in creating his razor-sharp line of knives, Kotetsu. Watch the full documentation here.
Read a profile on Takayuki Shibata
From the book, The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives, read this except from Kevin Kent about Takayuki Shibata. Learn some of the history of Masakage and Koutetsu knives and what makes Shibata tick!