Hinoura Hamono have been making knives for over 100 years in Sanjyo Niigata, one of the legendary blacksmith workshops. The master black smith:Tsukasa Hinoura took over the family career at around age of 22 back in 1978, and his son:Mutsumi Hinoura entered the lifelong career of bladesmithing in 2001. The family's trade name is "Ajigataya" in addition to "Tsukasa" for original lines of knives. Tsukasa committed to finding his own unique way to best express his skill and passion for knife making. All blades are hotforged by hand and nothing leaves the hands of Hinoura before the quality is top notch.