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    Quote Originally Posted by JMJones View Post
    Now are most of the names mentioned a single blacksmith that does all the work or is it a small shop with a few people or are they companies or brands that produce the knives.
    it's a combination - big brands like masamoto, suisin, and konosuke use smiths and sharpeners from multiple places and shuffle materials around to get everything done in a consistent way (with some exceptions that have individual identifiable craftsmen in their lines), and are really mostly just brand houses with little craftsman individuality (exceptions noted). I think konosuke is better known as a different brand in japan (kaneshige). Takeda is a one stop shop, but I think employs several folks so even then you're not necessarily getting a single craftsman-made knife. But there are certainly the individual craftsmen that are both forging and sharpening, sometimes with their sons helping - Osamu Takeishi (Heiji), Kiyoshi Kato (Yoshiaki Fujiwara), and Tokifusa Iizuka (shigefusa) come to mind (although even these guys may be employing assistants, etc).

    And that's why it's so complicated to run a list of the "best knifemakers"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruso View Post
    I never had/used it, but I thought Suisin was well regarded.
    I have two Suisin single bevels,excellent knives.

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    My Suisin Hayate 300mm Sakimaru Takobiki by Master Doi is beyond reproach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbeernink View Post
    And that's why it's so complicated to run a list of the "best knifemakers"...
    I quoted just the end of your post for simplicity, but this is what I was referring to in my initial post.

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    murrey carter is one of the best

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    what about a Teruyasu Fujiwara? I like it a lot. Some Hattori's are not bad as well.
    Shigefusa- of course, he is on top..

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenn21 View Post
    murrey carter is one of the best
    Sounds very western.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachuraru View Post
    Sounds very western.
    Here is some of his background. I would say its safe to refer to him as a Japanese bladesmith

    Murray Carter, 17th generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith

    http://www.cartercutlery.com/about-us/

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