Originally from New York, Alexander Bazes handcrafts blades in his small workshop in the hills outside Kyoto, Japan. Dividing his time between working in his own forge and learning from masters in Kyoto and Osaka, Alexander strives to create unique, high-performance knives that foster unity between the user and the task at hand. Despite knives being humanity's oldest of tools, we still use them daily. Through them, we engage the material world, prepare meals for our loved ones, and come into contact with our ancient ancestors. For a knife maker, there can be no higher aim than to produce a piece that brings about a sense of harmony in the user, drawing his or her mind closer to the tool, to the workpiece being effortlessly cut, and to the people for whom the work is being done.