Nigara R2/SG2 Matt Migaki Tsuchime Gyuto

by Nigara Hamono


Hand-crafted using R2/SG2 high-speed powder steel, this Gyuto is beautifully grinded with superb thinness behind-the-edge supported by the 62-63 HRC hardness. Being a guru of steel manipulation and expert on steel construction, Nigara Hamono created a unique Tsuchime pattern that is reminiscent of industrial steel beam. The finish of the jigane is truly unique on this knife - while the tsuchime patterns have an almost matt nashiji-like texture, giving this knife a sophisticated accent. As with all Nigara knives, the fit and finish of this knife are second to none, one example being the extremely smooth choil. 


  • Origin (Made in): Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Nigara Hamono
  • Craftsman: Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤 剛)
  • Knife Type: Gyuto
  • Blade
    • Construction: San Mai
    • Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
    • Hagane (Core Steel): R2/SG2
    • Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
    • Hardness: 62-63 HRC
    • Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
  • Blade Finishes: 
    • Tsuchime (Hammered)
    • Kasumi Polish
  • Blade Length: 210mm (8.3") / 240mm (9.4") / 270mm (10.6")
  • Blade Height (at heel): 48mm / 49mm / 54mm
  • Spine Thickness
    • Above heel: 2.4mm / 2.4mm / 2.4mm
    • Middle: 2.3mm / 2.3mm / 2.3mm
  • Handle
    • Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
    • Material: Walnut / Wenge
    • Kuchiwa: Buffalo Horn
    • Length: 134mm / 138mm / 144mm
  • Overall Length: 345mm / 380mm / 415mm
  • Weight: 
    • Walnut: 151g (5.33oz) / 180g (6.35oz)
    • Wenge: 153g (5.40oz) / 189g (6.67oz) / 214g (7.55oz)
  • Engraved Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Nigara Made" (二唐作)

About Nigara Hamono 二唐刃物

With 350 years of history, starting from making swords for Tsugaru clan in the early Edo period, Nigara Hamono has passed down know-how and skills for eight generations. Its 5th generation blacksmith Kunitoshi Nigara was a legendary sword maker, earning a long list of accolades, honorary titles, and knighthood. The current (8th) generation blacksmith — Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa is supported by his father Toshiju Yoshizawa who has a keen interest in art and music. Nigara’s famous Anmon design is the result of Toshiju’s love for Andy Warhol’s artworks. The family business’ expansion into construction steelworks has given Nigara unmatched access to in-house know-how when it comes to advanced finishing. All these set Nigara apart as one of the most special knife makers in Japan.


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 polyethylene 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 1 review
Bernard Benlevi (Roslyn, US)
Worth every penny.

My first Gyuto style knife as I finally decided to take the plunge and move past Wüstoff & Henkels knives. My first impression was that the knife was beautifully crafted. The knife I chose was a balance of rustic & contemporary asthetically. The knife's edge was like a razor blade compared to my beloved German knives. Although I always had decent knife skills, I always had difficulty trying to peel a cucumber like a roll of paper (aka Naruto style sushi). The second I opened the box, that was the first thing I tried and it was just silly. The cucumber seemed as if it was just peeling itself afraid that knife would be coming for it. I'm not even joking. It was that effortless. I peeled and entire cucumber, paper thin, in one piece, all the way to the core. The cucumber was nearly down to my knees. My only concern is that the knife's edge is so razor sharp that I'm scared to chip it so I will be very careful on what I choose to use it for.
Highly recommend the knife and Nigara for their quality product. It's made me a better chef, thank you!
As far a the Burffection store is concerned, I was very happy as well. Very strong communication every step of the way. I was a bit concerned when I saw that the box was being shipped from Hong Kong, because like why? If these are Japanese knives and Burffection is based on California, what does Hong Kong have to do with any of this?
That being said, everything I received and the service was excellent so I'm happy either way. (Although it would be great to explain).
I would definitely order again.
Thank you.

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