We're always on the hunt for talented young blacksmiths and we were put in touch with Yasuhiro recently who works in Takefu Village. We're happy to be the first company in the United States to sell his knives. Yasuhiro has been making knives for a decade and these are beautiful examples of his work. This line features damascus clad steel made in Takefu with Shirogami #2 core steel on the edge. The knives are heat treated to HRC is 61-62 and they sharpen easily with good edge retention. We will offer these with semi custom handles done by our woodworker Isaiah Schroeder. We highly recommend these knives!