After spending a lot of time and money to find the best tools in terms of quality, durability, and feel, I narrowed it down to two tool tools brands I can truly stand by.  Keep in mind, these tools don’t make me the most money, I just can’t imagine selling second rate items.


Positives: These are the best bang for you buck. The quality is superb, the craftsmanship is top-notch, and the feel is great. For the money, you can’t get better tools. There is no history of chipping on the blades.

Negatives: The finishes aren’t as nice as Masakuni, the balance and feel is also second to Masakuni. However, the difference between Kaneshin and Masakuni in terms of feel is not too substantial.

Who should buy these: Everybody. These are tools that will last a lifetime if cared for. They don’t chip easily and are great tools for the money.


Positives: Best tools on the market in terms of feel and quality. The finishes on these tools are marvelous and the way they feel in your hands is second to none. These are the gold standard of tools.

Negatives: The blades are known to chip easily. They also cost 2 to 3 times more than Kaneshin.

Who should buy these: Everybody that wants the best of the best and value feel over everything else.  These tools are beyond functional, they are beautiful.