Hiroshi Kato

“Making knives is delicate work with many considerations”

In 1935, Hiroshi Kato san’s father became independent from his Sensei. After finishing high school Kato san began his apprenticeship under his father. It’s amazing that after over 50 years as a knifemaker he’s still inspired by thinking of people cooking with his knives. He always considers balance when hammer the steel, keeping in mind where a knife needs to be thin and where it needs to thick and strong.

He was the teacher for some of the most famous blacksmiths today like Yu Kurosaki.

Apart from his own brand knives, he is making the Koishi, Kiri and Yuki lines for Masakage.

His son in law and apprentice Yoshimi Kato, has taken over most of the production the last years.

1960 Began his knife making apprenticeship

1993 Helped establish Takefu Knife Village

2008 Obtained the Certificate of Traditional Craftsmen

A true living legend!


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