While Sakai City near Osaka is well known for having a high concentration of skilled bladesmiths, Tottori is located in the region in Western Japan, formerly known as Inaba, where iron rich sand was used to make high quality blade steel. The few remaining bladesmiths in this sparsely populated region are very deep with their craft. Tottori in particular has a strong history of the mingei (craft) movement led by Yanagi Soetsu's follower Yoshida Shoya.
Otsuka San is a 4th generation bladesmith and and has a waiting list for his knives 1-2 years long, only taking orders from a small customer base including a few restaurants in Tokyo, Paris, and Milan.
The Terasu petty knife by Otsuka Hamono is an excellent Japanese knife for small delicate everyday uses. Aogami #2 is known as a blade steel with long edge retention, yet still having exceptional hardness when hand-forged and heat treated by a skilled smith.
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Weight 65 g Size 135mm blade Materials Mount Tamalpais windfall burnt Oak handle, 100% copper rivet, stainless clad Aogami #2, double bevel Weight Petty, 65 grams