Kei Kobayashi R2 Migaki 165mm Nakiri with Red Lacquer Handle
The Blacksmith - Kei Kobayashi
Kei Kobayashi is a well renowned knife sharpener based in Seki City who, in recent years, has also trained as a blacksmith and now produces some of the most exquisite knives we've seen.
Kobayashi knives are finished to perfection and sharpened (as you would expect) to a staggeringly sharp edge. Like almost nothing else we've seen.
The Range - SG2 Migaki
These knives are absolute lasers. Thin, hard SG2 stainless steel kept simple to deliver the absolute best performance. These are our personal favourites and comes with superb red lacquered handles.
The Steel - SG2/R2 Stainless Steel
This range is made using SG2 stainless steel. SG2 (sometime called R2) is a premium steel which is harder than many other stainless steels. The hardness allows the knife to get sharper, stay sharper longer and out perform softer steels making it one the best performers around. The hardness does require a little more elbow grease when sharpening the knife though, but you will need to do it less often.
The Model - Nakiri
The Nakiri has a straighter blade perfect for vegetable work with a design to make up and down chopping easier. It's a great knife for tasks such as julienne, brunoise or allumette. Due to its strength and weight it is also an excellent choice for chopping large hard vegetable such as squash or pumpkin.
Please read our guidance pages below to help you make the right choice and make the most of the knives you choose or get in touch with us and we'll happily discuss and help you find the perfect knife for you.