Sasuke produces knives and shears (for gardeners and florists). Fifth-generation proprietor Hirakawa Yasuhiro, working at his forge, handles all aspects of his products, from forging and polishing to selling, unusual in Sakai where the norm would be for collaboration among different craftsmen. Hirakawa believes it is his responsibility to see every product through to completion with his own hands. To improve his skills, he also welcomes feedback from the chefs who use his knives.
In his younger days, Hirakawa traveled all over the world demonstrating Japanese knives, so he has attracted a loyal overseas following. It takes him one week to 10 days to complete a pair of gardening shears and orders for shears are backlogged for at least a year. He was awarded the title “Contemporary Master Craftsman” (Gendai no Meiko).