Tanaka-san is a fourth-generation blacksmith. He trained in Takefu for three years and eventually joined his family's knife-making business in 1999. The Tanaka family is a well-known knife-making family in Miki City. They have been in the business for more than 100 years. He mainly uses the stainless steel VG10 in his knives so you expect mastery and excellent heat treatment with this steel. Among the traditionally hand-crafted blades that we carry, Tanaka-san's knives offer the best value--no bells and whistles; just an excellent cutter!