Kei Kobayashi is a new kid on the blade making block. He has, so far, been sharpening and finishing blades for a few local knife companies, but wanted to spread his wings and take on the task of creating his own blades. We were introduced to him recently and were immediately impressed with the quality of his designs and finished products.
He uses a core of SG2 which is laminated with a soft stainless steel to protect and add strength and ductility to the harder core steel. The outer layer is treated to a fine hairline finish which contrasts beautifully with the polished SG2 edge. Knives made with SG2 have outstanding edge performance and toughness, together with an ability to take a super sharp edge.
This is a classically sized and styled petty, with a blade length of about 150mm and a height at the heel of 30mm. It features a really nicely relieved and rounded choil and spine. The hairline finish is enhanced with some finely hand chiseled kanji elements. A rather unusual seven-sided handle that is made from pakka wood and finished with a lacquer coating completes this package perfectly.