Kei Kobayashi R2/SG2 Gyuto with Urushi Red Pakka Wood Handle

by Kei Kobayashi


This Gyuto is handcrafted by Kei Kobayashi with R2/SG2 steel core, clad in stainless steel and heat-treated to 63 HRC. The blade has superb grinds that are exceedingly smooth, with a laser distal tapering. The knife is sturdy and the cutting is authoritative. The incredibly smoothly polished blade is paired with a beautifully crafted handle made of Red Pakka Wood coated with Urushi. High-quality fit and finish can be seen all over this knife, including the beautifully polished handle, the precise mounting, as well as fluidly polished choil and spine. It's one of the most polished knives at this price point.  


  • Origin (Made in): Seki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Kobayashi Hocho
  • Craftsman: Kei Kobayashi
  • Knife Type: Gyuto
  • Blade
    • Construction: San Mai
    • Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
    • Hagane (Core Steel): R2/SG2
    • Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
    • Hardness: 63 HRC
    • Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
  • Blade Length: 210mm (8.3") / 240mm (9.4")
  • Blade Height (at heel): 47mm / 52mm
  • Spine Thickness
    • Above heel: 2.0mm / 2.1mm
    • Middle: 1.8mm / 1.9mm
  • Handle
    • Shape: Shichikaku (Heptagonal)
    • Material: Red Pakka Wood coated with Urushi
    • Length: 128mm / 135mm
  • Overall Length: 355mm / 391mm
  • Weight: 134g (4.73oz) /  164g (5.78oz)
  • Hand chiselled mark: In Japanese Kanji "Kei Made" (圭作)

About Kei Kobayashi 小林 圭 / Kobayashi Hocho 小林包丁

Kei Kobayashi (小林 圭) is a relatively young knifemaker based in Seki City of Japan, whose knives are truly extraordinary when it comes to fit and finish. Born in 1977, Kobayashi started out as a knife sharpener, sharpening and finishing knives for a couple of top artisans in Seki City. He later founded his Kobayashi Hocho (小林包丁) with his father, and quickly became known for the extraordinary craftsmanship. His knives are true lasers, and he uses only R2/SG2 steel to make his knives. His attention to detail and extensive grinding and sharpening experiences can be seen on every knife he crafted.


Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.

Cutting Surface:

Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.


We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Amazing knife in every way

I have many Japanese knives; different profiles, different handles, different steel, and I really love this one. it’s an excellent addition. My favorite steel SG2. The profile of the blade is a very good universal shape, thin laser knife that just blows through everything easier than any knife I own. I love the simplicity of the handle and I like the fact that it’s not too long like a lot of handles are in my collection. Fit and finish is perfect. I appreciate the polished rolled edges. It’s balanced perfect right at the choil and is currently my favorite knife. A+


The most beautiful knife I own. Its an absolute pleasure to prep with. It feels like you are cutting air when slicing/dicing and everything in between. I haven’t wanted to pick up another knife since.

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