Takamura forge was established in the early parts of the 20th century by Isamu Takamura. His son Toshiyuki and grandsons Terukazu and Hideo now operate the forge today in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture.
Under Toshiyuki’s tenure throughout the last half century, the company has seen much acclaim for its production of high-quality stainless steel knives, in particular those using R2/SG2 powdered steel. Using Takamura's own “Chromax” core with a stainless laminate, this steel cuts beautifully over long periods of time while having good rust resistance. Toshiyuki Takamura's reason for focusing on this type of steel stems from his long-held desire to bridge affordable prices and exceptional performance.
Even though his sons Terukazu and Hideo now run the company, Toshiyuki still lends a hand in the forge producing knives to this day. His efforts have not gone unnoticed; Toshiyuki was awarded the Houshou, or the Japan Medal of Honor, from the Emperor himself in recognition of his excellence in traditional craftsmanship.