At 38 years old, Nao Yamamoto is one of the youngest blacksmiths in the Takefu Knife “Village”, in Fukui prefecture. The Takefu knife “village” is one single building homing eleven separate blacksmith companies.
Nao Yamamoto, owner of Yamamoto Hamono, has been a blacksmith for eighteen years, specializing in the use of stainless steel such as VG10, Damascus, and high carbon steels such as Aogami.
He was awarded an Arus prize by the All Nippon Knife Show for his work in 2013
With his vast experience and knowledge, Yamamoto has started instructing in forging techniques to visitors of the Knife Village.
These measurements are only of the blade length, not the whole knife as handles length vary.