Director: Hideo Kitaoka Traditional Craftsman Born: March 23, 1950
I was born on March 23, 1950.
It has been over 30 years since I succeeded our family business of pounding knives. I have been doing my best to learn skills a little bit at a time from watching how my father worked.
There has been many times when I felt frustrated, but it is fun and really enjoyable to make 10 or 20 knives with the same shape by pounding a hammer on red-hot iron lump. I think that’s what the mind of craftsman is.
Traditional handicraftsmen requires us to acquire one skill at a time and we have to learn it with our hands and body.
I have realized how difficult to keep traditional handicraftsmen. I make Deba and Japanese knives mainly, and I would like to try my best to make amazingly sharp and “cut that-makes-you-feel-great” knives as the 3rd generation.
Service was great as usual and the knife was wicked sharp OOTB... Only thing is that the blade was very unevenly ground. It dipped up in the middle preventing contact with the cutting board in that section of knife.
I ended up having to work at it for a couple hours on a 200 grit stone to get it even.
After that was done the knife was basically unstoppable. Laser sharp.
Just wish the handle was a little more comfortable. Just a little too thin.
I would say that this knife was a pretty good buy. Not sure if my issues with the blade are common to this knife/brand but still worth the money.