Takeda Hamono was founded in 1920 and moved to Niimi in 1951 focusing on making a magnitude of different blades for the government.
Shosui-San took over from his father after college in 1985. Takeda-San's knives are incredibly thin, focusing his attention on Aogami Super he was able to perfect his technique. He uses pre laminated Stainless clad AS for the NAS line. He says why forge weld myself when a steel factory has perfected it why chance de-lamination or other issues with forge welding in house.
If you like Hyper cars then a Takeda Nas is a must have.