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    I'll third Shigefusa, and second Kato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpukas View Post
    In no particular order, disregarding cost and availability, and by no means a complete list;

    Shigefusa, Yoshikane, Heiji, Yoshiaki Fujiwara Kato, Hide, Shiraki-san, Yusuke, Konosuke
    I would add Teruyasu Fujiwara

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear1889 View Post
    I apologize ahead of time if this thread has been started before but I can't find one. Based upon personal opinion, who are the top 5 or 6 Japanese makers/smiths that are readily available in the US?

    I have seen a thread on western knives but not one on Japanese gyutos.
    as others have mentioned, it's a bit more complicated. You'd need to categorize the top smiths (and probably for a particular steel...), and then categorize the top sharpeners/polishers.

    the lists that are getting put up include a combination of smiths, sharpeners, and single makers who do both. Very difficult.

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    I think we're just trying to throw out some reliably good places for high-end knives, out of Japan.

    I would like to add the Zensho knives to my list, Alec.
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    Mizuno probably rates a mention, my honyaki is a pretty amazing knife, although F&F for the price is a little off.
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    Tanaka, Masakage, Kikuichi, Masamoto
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    Surprised no one has mentioned Keijiro Doi. Although he has retired I suppose.

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    Hinoura with sumingashi, Hattori with his KD line , I am sure Jin deserves a spot for his single bevels

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    Shigefusa, Heiji, Masamoto, Mizuno Tanrenjo, Yoshiaki Fujiwara (Kato)

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    What are the top 3 colors of all time as well?
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