Unlike most knife manufacturers, Takamura manages every step of their knife-making process. "As a chef, you know right away if a knife is Japanese made — there’s a distinct quality that just feels right in your hand," says Ripert. "The artisans making Takamura knives create perfectly balanced works of art. They are craftsmen, not chefs but they perfectly understand what a chef needs. Not only is Takamura making an incredible instrument, they’re also decorating them."

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