Takamura-San R2 Migaki Collection is an outstanding knife line but 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.
Love this knife! The edge out of the box is the absolute sharpest I’ve ever encountered. It’s really a pleasure to use in a professional kitchen. The handle is quite comfortable for my admittedly small hands,and the knife is an absolute stunner to look at (the rosewood is gorgeous and the fit and finish are top notch). Very happy with my purchase and many thanks for the sale pricing!