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Shosui Takeda is a third generation master blacksmith at Takeda Hamono Inc. Founded in 1920, this Japanese knife company specializes in hand-forged blades and tools. Shosui has mastered the process of forging Aogami Super Steel, or AS Classic, and gone to great lengths to perfect the forging of NAS, a superior blade steel, which utilizes SUS405 stainless steel laminate cladding. Each blade is forged entirely by hand, creating a unique hammered surface.