Kei Kobayashi is a new blacksmith who is making knives for the first time in his career. Until recently he has been working as a sharpener/finisher for a couple of leading blacksmiths, but is now forging himself. The Kobayashi SG2 Damascus Nakiri
165mm is one of the first of his creations. Bearing in mind his short time at the forge, we are extremely impressed by this and the other knives making up his new line.
He has chosen to work with SG2 as the basis of these first offerings. SG2 is renowned for its super dense grain structure and purity. These attributes make it harder and less brittle than other similar steels. This results in a knife that has the ability to take and retain a very fine edge. It is also incredibly durable. The inner core of SG2 is clad with a softer stainless damascus steel for added protection and to make sharpening easier.
is a do-it-all vegetable cutting machine and is a wonderful all-around push cutter, slicer, and dicer that is becoming a popular blade in many home kitchens. Its tall height gives increased finger-to-board clearance while its shorter length makes it ideal for handling a wide variety of produce and proteins.
The knife comes with an ultra comfortable and well finished walnut octagonal handle with maple ferrule and nice finish.
Maker: Kobayashi san
Location: Seki City, Japan
Weight: 4.7 oz (134 g)
Edge Length: 159 mm
Total Length: 312 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.0 mm
Blade Height: 49.0 mm
Photos by Gustavo Bermudez