Koutetsu (Takayuki Shibata)
“I want to supply knives that touch people’s hearts”
He was traveling across America when Shibata san realized his deep love for Japanese craftsmanship. Being one of the top sharpeners in Japan, Shibata san is known as the one that made Japanese knives popular to US and European markets at times that the market was flooded by mass produced knives. He takes pride that he hand sharpens each Koutetsu knife before it is sold. Kotetsu is his knife line which is widely recognizable for its exceptional finish and sharpness, being considered among the thinnest, lightest and sharpest knives in the market.