The first two years Shigeru made knives almost completely by hand using only files,but wanting to move to another level of quality he began classroom instruction on the use of the belt grinder and all aspects of making folders with Mr. H. Takahashi. He also taught himself the art of engraving. His favorite knife makers are H.H. Frank, Mis. H. Hirayama and Mr. H. Shimada.
His preferred steels are ATS-34 and 440C which he generally gives a satin finish. Currently he uses only two power tools including a Burr King Grinder and an electric drill. And although he does make the occasional fixed blade, his focus is on traditionally inspired slip-joint and lock-back folders - complete with his own engraving. The knives are of his own design but clearly reference some of the best features of old time pocket knives. Typical handle material is fine jigged bone and occasionally wood or mother of pearl. Leather sheaths or cloth pouches for each knife are carefully hand-made by wife Yuko.
Currently Shigeru and Yuko exhibit at three shows in Japan, including the JKG, Seki and CFKS. In the US they attend only two shows at present, including the Blade Show each June in Atlanta and the New York Custom Knife Show in November. Currently delivery time is in the 4-6 month range although we expect that time to jump dramatically as more discerning collectors have a chance to examine Shigeru's extremely fine work.
Comments on Shigeru Tozaki by Ryuichi Kawamura:
"Although he is not well known yet in the US, Shigeru Tozaki is one of the finest knife makers in Japan. He is best known for his outstanding fit and finish, and his ability to engrave his own knives at a very high level. I believe Shigeru will have great success in the US once American collectors have a chance to handle his knives."
Best regards - Ryuichi Kawamura.
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