MIZUNO Blacksmith’s Factory is said the only one traditional factory existing in Sakai using ancient bellows to forge metal for Hocho(kitchen knives) and Katana(swords).
Therefore it is officially allowed to provide the swords of Yokozuna, the highest-rank Sumo wrestlers, including the current Yokozuna HAKUHO.
Kitchen knives made in Sakai have been having for a long time and still have the highest quality, therefore around 90% of the professional Japanese-style-food chefs in Japan is believed to use the Sakai knives.
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