The knife maker Okeya makes his knives in the town of Miki. Okeya-san's grandfather started producing what is called "kogatana" in Japanese. Kogatanas are small, handy knives for multifunctional use. (Fun fact: the original Higonokami knives are also from Miki)
Okeya-san also making chef's knives nowadays. He is in his mid-40s and his son has just joined the company. Their goal is to expand more and more, which is why they plan to add more kitchen knives such as gyutos, santoku's and nakiris.