Matsubara Knives hail from Nagasaki and is run by 4th generation blacksmith Katsuto Tanaka. Using very traditional forging techniques to make knives and tools. The tradition of knife makign in the city goes back over 800 years. Highly respected in Japan, Matsubara make knives of exceptional quality. The ranges we carry contain Shirogami and Aogami cores, 2 of the best carbon steel cores for use in Japanese knives.