About


TAKAO

Hello, and welcome to Kensei Goods. First off, I appreciate that you are interested in this little operation of mine to read the about page. If you're curious about why I got into leather working or the inspiration behind Kensei Goods, you're in the right spot. 

As a kid I was raised on Legos, K'nex, Lincoln Logs, Gundam Models, basically anything with parts and pieces. Remember K'nex?! not as good as Legos, but we had some good times. Anyway, the point is, I love to build stuff, take things apart, or try to make things better. If I think I can built something rather than buying it, I'm probably going to try. That's how I got into leather work. Me not wanting to pay a ton of money for a leather knife sheath as a broke college student. After that though, I was hooked. From that point, I started making products that were designed specifically for my needs or gifts for family and friends. Now, I want to share these products with you.

 

KENSEI

Kensei Goods was heavily inspired by my grandfather, Yoshinori Takao.

My grandfather amazed me by what he accomplished throughout his life. He opened and ran a successful restaurant, was a Kendo instructor and in 1988 served as the head judge for the world Kendo tournament, and became a talented artist in stained glass and ceramics.  

"Kensei" is a honorary title given to those who have demonstrated their skill in swordsmanship. So when developing Kensei Goods, my grandfather kept coming back to me in how he lived his life and how he worked to master a craft no matter what discipline.