Shiro Kamo fashions this series of knives from R2 stainless tool steel, clad with a damascus style layering of a different stainless alloy. The jigane (outer layer) is etched to reveal a lovely semi-matte pattern. Some fine kanji script is chiseled into the blade to enhance the handsome aesthetic.
R2 steel is manufactured by The Kobelco Steel Company. It is a powdered steel which exhibits really good strength, excellent wear resistance, and the ability to take a very sharp edge. The same steel can be found in other knives but it is called SG-2. These are the same alloys but the SG-2 brand is resold and rebranded by Takefu Specialty Steels.
The Shiro Kamo nakiri featured here is a really fine knife. While the knife is quite light, it is still a stiff and responsive blade, but certainly not a laser. The blade thickness is fairly stout at the neck but thins down to a fine edge and tip. The profile is almost dead flat with just a hint of curvature to the belly. The tip is rounded to allow for a slight rocking action. The overall fit and finish are as good as any in its price range (and better than most). The same goes for the out of the box edge sharpness.
If you seek a blade with character or “soul,” a knife that can handle a multitude of ingredients, and you want to experience the latest in easy to maintain metallurgy, then the Shiro Kamo Nakiri would be a perfect choice.
We are fitting these fine blades with our new octagonal handles made from 5,000-year-old bog oak with a maple spacer and black wood ferrule.
Blacksmith: Shiro Kamo
Location: Echizen, Japan
Factory: Takefu Village
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Cladding: Stainless Damascus
Edge Steel: R2 Powdered Steel
Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Shot)
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Handle Material: 5,000 Year Old Bog Oak, Stabilized
Ferrule: Black Wood
Blade Length: 160mm
Spine Thickness: 2.7mm
Please Note that the handle in the video is the old, standard style. The item picture is the style you will receive.
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