Mr. Masashi Yamamoto had worked Yoshikane as one of three blacksmith until December 2012.
His older brother took over Yoshikane business, and Mr. Masashi Yamamoto started on his own business (Masashi Kobo) from the scratch.
It has been about three years now, and my orders has made over 8 months ago, but I have not got them yet, so his business is so busy, and he needs a helper to make productive volume larger.
He is looking for someone under 30 years old. I guess that it will take many years to be a blacksmith, and younger person learns faster and stronger (blacksmith is very hard work).
Mr. Masashi Yamamoto is able to make lots of variety knives, and he makes from scratch like forge welding the soft iron and the steel.
He is also sharpening wheel whetstones to hand sharpening.
His finish of the blade is also very beautiful.
If we want to be a blacksmith, I guess that he is the one to learn.
Overall, he is very skillful blacksmith.
If I am still 20 something years old, definitely, I want to learn from him.
I guess that we cannot get working visa as an apprentice in Japan, but if someone is able to stay and work in Japan legally, it is great place to learn the blacksmith skill.
If you really want to get the job, please let me know it.
I will let him know it.
It is a huge and wide tree. The roots come down from the branches and getting wider and wider.
If it is in neighborhood, kids always would play around there. I guess that it is too big for own yard.
It was a hot day afternoon, but it was very cool under the tree.
It is heavy wood like hard maple (hard wood). It might be little heavier than even hard maple.
It is hard wood, so it is not easy to cut and sand, but it is clean look and it is easy to keep on accurate shape, and it is very nice wood pattern. I love it all.
I have got this Shobu kiita as Shobu iromono (kiita), but to check it out the four sides of layers, it has suita layers that might be included in renge or momiji.
It is double bevel blue II steel blade.
It is Japanese single bevel Chef knife