Masakage was created in 2007 by master knife sharpener Shibata Takayuki as a unified brand for the seasoned veterans of Takefu Knife Village to sell their work under. Masakage roughly translate to “bright view,” a testament the dazzling showcase of knife making talent that the brand would become.
After more than fifteen years, Masakage has brought out the best of legendary knife makers like Hiroshi Kato, Yoshimi Kato, Yu Kurosaki, Takeshi Saji, Katsushige Anryu, and Takumi Ikeda, creating truly unique pieces found nowhere else. Examples of their work include the Kumo series by Kato and Ikeda, Kato’s own Koishi and Mizu series, the Shimo series by Kurosaki, and Saji’s Zero series. After handpicking the best designs and works from each maker, Shibata Takayuki sharpens the blades to unparalleled perfection, showing the world what can be accomplished when diverse artisan talents come together.