Kurodori-san is another young blacksmith that we are developing a new relationship with. He's 36 years old currently and his family has been in the blacksmith trade for 5 generations. He's now taking over the business from his father and Chefknivestogo is the first dealer outside Japan to carry his hochos (kitchen knives). They also manufacture other items like axes and garden tools which is common with these small, regional blacksmiths. He and his family is located in Shimanto which is located in the southwest corner of Kochi Prefecture. The core on these knives is Ginsan #3 (also called Gingami #3) which is a top quality stainless steel and heat treated to 60-61 Rockwell. He is not well known outside Japan but we're hoping to do something about that. These are some of the sharpest knives out of the box we've every tested so expect them to be screaming sharp when you get them. He's an excellent sharpener.