Takamura-San R2 Migaki Collection is an outstanding knife line by this small but important manufacturer of quality cutlery. Takamura-san and his 3 sons have a very good reputation for using excellent steels, with good heat treatment and impeccable grinds. Fit and finish on these knives is at a high standard and all processes of manufacturing is carried out in house at Takamura's blacksmith shop.
The word Migaki means "shine" and these knives shine literally and also shine in performance. They are very thin behind the edge and fall through food when you first cut with them. R-2 Stainless steel is a great stainless steel that holds an edge an exceedingly long time with high wear resistance and good stainless properties. These knives are hardened to HRC 62-63 and we think this is the sweet spot for hardness using this particular steel.
Top quality knife with exceptional fit/finish and OTB sharpness. As a chef I have used/owned guytos made by many different manufacturers and this knife stands above them all. Easily the best knife,at any price,I own.
By: Nicholas Miller
Lets start with the balance,perfect balance at the bolster.
Fit and finish is out of this world amazing.
Sharpness,I did not touch this up or order with CKTG sharpening.
While doing bruinoise of ginger it was sticking into my board.
Amazing knife wonderful to work with so far,looking forward to adding this to my rotation of work knifes.
By: Alex Cabral
First off all,this is the thinnest knife iíve ever seen,its ridiculous how thin its behind the spine,the shape it self has an aggressive tip and a nice tapper towards it,heck its even thinner than my second moritaka petty which i use for fine details. the blade profile its amazing,i love that even though itís not clad,it has a cool pattern towards the edge,edge OTB is amazing,i did strop it a bit on a 10,000k naniwa after a couple of uses and it has kept amazingly sharp. Fit and finish is unreal for this price. Havenít work it through a whole sharpening cycle,still havent figured out how im going to proceed with this one since its powdered steel,i think i will go mainly through shaptons and finish at 10,000k for a polished edge,i will write down another review when i do so. nevertheless for the price,this knife outperforms all the vg10 i own,it is my second to go knife since i love my aogami super ones,but itís growing a lot on me,I only wish we could get a wa version,and/or a 120mm petty for service,i would not hesitate in get one right away