Japanese cooking knives?

everywhere I go I'm always hearing that the best chef's knives are Japanese. what makes them of superior quality? what are some of the best known brands and which knives (Japanese of otherwise) would you recommend? If anyone could point me towards a reputable source of information on the subject I would... show more everywhere I go I'm always hearing that the best chef's knives are Japanese. what makes them of superior quality? what are some of the best known brands and which knives (Japanese of otherwise) would you recommend? If anyone could point me towards a reputable source of information on the subject I would greatly appreciate it, thank you.
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