Yoshimitsu hamono is a small blacksmith shop in southern Japan and mostly serves the area around Nagasaki. The business has been in continual operation since the time Abraham Lincoln was president. We are the first company in the United States to offer these excellent knives. They also do most of their own cladding work by inserting the hard steel into soft iron which is currently mostly done by specialty steel mills in other parts of Japan. Itís these traditional methods that attracted me to this maker.