Masashi SLD. Considering this dude banged with Yoshikane for who knows how long i'm surprised his knives don't get more traction. His laserish grinds are on point despite the torpedo shape of the gyutos that is seemingly what keeps people away. Flat spot for days yet the not so common tip style allows for rocking where it and the flat intersect. Taller than average, my 270 runs about 58mm i believe) is something that I notice people ordering from western makers yet was being done by him before much of the hype. To top it all off, his SLD heat treat is truly something to brag about; it's perhaps the toothiest steel i've used to date and just lasts and lasts and lasts through even the most acidic cutting target!