Japanese and Chinese cooking is quite different from what we cook here, so are the tool are different. Now day, a lot of Japanese knife company produce western style design knife and traditional Japanese design knife. Japanese and Chinese have a long history of making great knife!
Here I”m going only discuss the traditional japanese made in hand forged tradition.
Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives were made from the same carbon steel. Nowadays stainless steel is often used for Japanese kitchen knives, and laminated blade construction is also used in more expensive blades to add corrosion resistance while maintaining strength and durability.
All The Japanese Knife Company That You Can Find In United State:
Global (often written in all capitalized letters as “GLOBAL”) is a Japanese brand of cutlery products made by Yoshikin. Their selection of knives are known for their distinctive one piece, molybdenum/vanadium stainless steel design. These are considered premium level products with a single knife often costing upwards of $100 (USD).
Korin Japanese Trading Company provides high quality kitchen knives from Japan. In addition to their own brand, they sell Masamoto, Misono, Glestain, and Suisin, at prices from under $50 to over $3,000.
Kyocera Corporation is a Japanese company based in Kyoto, Japan. The company was founded as Kyoto Ceramic Co., Ltd. in 1959 by Kazuo Inamori. It manufactures ceramics and printing-related devices, as well as a comprehensive line of imaging products. Kyocera is the leader of producing ceramic chef knife. Ceramic knife are used by chefs, bomb disposal squads (they are not conductive and not magnetic), divers (they will not rust in salt water), and people with certain allergies (chemically inert).
Shun Classic is the product brand from Kershaw Knives. Kershaw Knives is a multinational corporation that designs and manufactures a range of knives, including kitchen cutlery, pocket knives, and outdoor knives. Currently owned by the Japanese KAI Group, Kershaw is headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon, United States.
You can read more about all the japanese knife company and other knife company by follow the link here : list of all the chef knife.
There are some excellence resource that let you know about Japanese knife
Japanese Kitchen Knives Wiki – wikipedia is a great place to start to learn more about all the technical stuff about knives; This excellent resources have some in depth explanation about japanese knife, I learn much of the japanese knives stuff from there.