Here is an excellent new addition to Takeda Hamono's knives. They are now making stainless clad knives with aogami super steel core edge for added protection and easy maintenance. Takeda Hamono is a small Blacksmith shop, founded in 1920. Shosui Takeda's father moved the business to Niimi in 1951 and produce hand-forged blades and tools such as kitchen knives, hoes, hatchets, etc. Master blacksmith, Shosui Takeda has succeeded in forging blades from the high quality carbon steel, Aogami Super Steel (AS) and they are an iconic blade that has sold all over the world to knife enthusiasts and professionals that seek a high performance cutting too. The blades consist of "AS", forged in its entirety by hand, as it has been done for generations. Each blade holds its edge extraordinarily well and resharpens easily. All his knives have 50/50 edges and octagonal handles so they are good for either right handed or left handed users.