Michio Ishikawa is a blacksmith and owner of Nakaniida Traditional Blades, and he is the only remaining blacksmith in Kami-machi in Miyagi Prefecture. His expertise lies in forging high-quality, striking single bevel knives such as Deba, Santoku, and Gyuto using traditional Japanese Carbon Steels. His knives are crafted completely by hand. His methods of steelworking are unique: he hammers the already cooled steel, giving his blades great flexibility while maintaining extreme sharpness. He puts all his focus on the performance of his knives, not on their appearance. You can feel the quality of his work immediately when you hold his masterpieces in your hands.