Yoshimitsu hamono is a small blacksmith shop run by 5 brothers in southern Japan and serving mostly the area around Nagasaki. The business has been in continual operation since the time when Abraham Lincoln was president. We're the first company in the United States to offer these excellent knives. They are known locally for making their own steel in the traditional way by using a Tatara and smelting from sand iron collected from a river. Of course, this is not all they do, but it made them locally famous as a traditional maker and they got some good publicity for it on local TV. They also do most of their own cladding work by inserting the hard steel into soft iron that is currently mostly done by specialty steel mills in other parts of Japan. Itís these traditional methods that attracted me to this maker. As a side note, Mr. Nishida who we also do business with in Kumamoto learned many of his techniques and processes by visiting and working with the guys at Yoshimitsu. One of the interesting things about the knife business in Japan is that itís a small world and most of the smiths in each region know each other and often work and learn from each other.