The city of Seki (Sakai), Japan, is known for being the Japanese capital of swords and cutlery since over 600 years. The city contains the accumulated knowledge of generations of blacksmiths who perfected the art and science of samurai swords.
Today, the master craftsmen (some octogenarians) still apply and pass on their expertise even though the warlords have now long been replaced by culinary chefs as main customers.
Sakai Takayuki Aoki Hamono Seisakusho is one of the most famous and renowned manufacturers of Seki, which hires several generations of blacksmiths and apprentices. The company offers a large variety of kitchen knives, for both professional chefs and home cook.