Misuzu Hamono (Miki)
Yamato Miyawaki is a blacksmith with a small workshop in the suburbs of Miki.
He became a professional knife maker in the early nineties and although decades later, he still trains with artisans in Osaka regularly, continuing to perfect his skills and create the best knife possible. His knowledge and skills are immaculate. His passion to carry the name of Banshu region knives is very strong. Because of Yamato’s efforts, the Misuzu knife store is alive again for its 3rd generation.
On a normal day, in any weather, you can find Yamato creating and sharpening knives for shipment in his inside/outside studio. Because the production of knives is all done by hand, he can only make so many in a month. He works on his own and hopes to train a young blade maker to carry on the art and knowledge.