Anryu Katsuhige

“Iron is alive, it can live and it can die depending on the blacksmith”

Knife making is in Anryu san’s blood. His family started as knives makers in the early 1870’s. He started apprenticing as a knife maker under his father, Katsutoshi Anryu, after graduating high school in 1959. He is a fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for over 50 years, which is truly amazing. Anryu san is always striving to make better knives to satisfy the most demanding cooks. A living legend!

Apart from his own brand knives, he is making the Kumo and Mizu lines for Masakage.

1993 helped establish Takefu Knife Village

1996 nominated as an Excellent Successor of Traditional Craftsmen

2002 obtained the Certificate of Traditional Craftsmen

2010 award from The Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry