About Shosui Takeda -Shosui Takeda’s knives kick ass, simple as that. A third-generation master blacksmith, Takeda- san was born and raised in Niimi, Okayama Japan. After he graduated from university in Tokyo, he returned to his hometown to succeed his father as master blacksmith for Takeda Hamono. Since 1985 he has strived and studied to produce the very best hand-forged blades and tools. Each blade is a unique work of art and has a certain presence. Forging knives, axes, hatchets, sickles and scythes - it seems nothing is out of the question for Takeda-san.