The enthusiasm we have for these knives can’t be over-stated. We looked at many Japanese knives before selecting Takeda Hamono as our first Japanese knife offering. A third generation factory of blacksmiths, with roots going back to the 1920s, each knife is hand-forged to precision with love and care. Master blacksmith Shosui Takeda’s maker's mark includes a friendly heart stamped along each blade. We’ve enjoyed every meal prepped with these beautiful blades. Each Takeda Hamono ships in a gift-worthy box, with the blade wrapped in Japanese paper.