And that's why it's so complicated to run a list of the "best knifemakers"...
My Suisin Hayate 300mm Sakimaru Takobiki by Master Doi is beyond reproach.
murrey carter is one of the best
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..
Murray Carter, 17th generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith