Hideo Kitaoka is a third generation master blacksmith and member of Takefu Knife Village. He was taught the craft by his father and grandfather from a young age.
Kitaoka specializes solely in single-bevel knives, knives sharpened on only one side with the other side remaining relatively flat. Single-bevel knives are meant for expert use and are exceptionally precise, making use of extremely resilient high-carbon steels like Blue Steel No.2 and White Steels.
Due to their impeccable quality and extreme precision, Kitaoka's knives are especially liked by high end sushi chefs and others who seek only the most perfect of cuts. On top of his superb forging talent, Kitaoka also knows how to make his blades stunningly beautiful.