Yoshihiro 義弘 / Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro 郷右馬允義弘 by Yamawaki Hamono 山脇刃物
Established in 1927 in Sakai Japan, Yamawaki Hamono produces knives under the "Yoshihiro (義弘)" and "Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro (郷右馬允義弘)" brands, named after a famous swordsmith of the Kamakura period. Having mastered mizu-Honyaki process, the most challenging construction and treatment, Yamawaki Hamono combines Sakai's centuries-long history of knife making knowhow with newer technologies to create superior chef knives. The current owner of the Yamawaki Hamono - Mr. Ryoyo Yamawaki - is also a lecturer at several culinary schools. Having apprenticed under Sakai blacksmiths, the new generation craftsmen Igarashi Nori (五十嵐 宣) and Masaya Shimizu (清水 将矢) lead the Yamawaki workshop to create incredible knives that are well recognised among Sakai artisans.