:lol2:Hahaha yeah, I love the way he brands almost every sentence in everything he puts out. Even newsletters that only his fans would sign up for sound like he's trying to get you to buy into his brand.
I wonder why he considers this guy the best in Japan. He doesn't really go into what this guy does that makes him better, so perhaps it is more about honoring someone he values than actually accurately describing his status.
Either way, this video was cool to watch, and it really strikes me how Japanese Bladesmiths don't carry the same commitment to safety equipment as American smiths.
However, I do believe the best is rather subjective. Top blade smiths create equally top notch knives with marginal differences not noticeable to even the trained eye. When I ran into the Nenohi knives at sushitrainer.com I never realized that even kitchen cutlery can go upwards of $10,000-$20,000 a piece. unbelievable!!!
I could work my whole life and never experience these knives.