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    Top Japanese Makers/blacksmiths

    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.

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    The Japanese knife industry works very different form the western world. It would be much harder to name the "top" blacksmiths due to this.

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    Very subjective , especially if you throw in "readily available" criteria . If you look from craftsmanship side I am sure there are plenty great blacksmiths out there , even if I knew all of them one by one I wouldn't do a top 5 or 10 list.

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    Ok let's do it this way, in your opinion and personal ownership, who do you like? Is this possible to answer?

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    Impossible to say the top makers, but it's fair to say really good makers/brands. My list includes:

    Shigefusa, Itinomonn, Konosuke Fujiyama, (based on reviews) Heiji, and for pure value Yamawaku.
    09/06

    Take a look around at: www.sharpandshinyshop.com

    Email me at: tmclean@sharpandshinyshop.com

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    When you mention value Lefty, it would be lot more complicated , lot of the big names had started as good value like Takeda , Watanabe or even Carter.If you were to paying $250 on Yamawaku I dont think it would be on the list though , hence I believe it is the reason you mention Itinomonn since it is a good value.
    I agree on Shigefusa deserving a spot there

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    Shiraki comes to mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear1889 View Post
    Ok let's do it this way, in your opinion and personal ownership, who do you like? Is this possible to answer?
    Shigefusa.

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    I can always count on Lefty to start things off. Thanks for your answers guys. This gives me some avenues to research.

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    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
    Shibui - simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements

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