Niwaki Press Masashi Kobo Damascus - kitchen knives

Extraordinarily beautiful kitchen knives from this young blacksmith in Sanjo City, Niigata. Masashi's knives are light, beautifully balanced, and a joy to work with.

Featuring Damascus SLD steel blades, charred chestnut handles and resin ferrules. SLD steel from Hitachi benefits from a high carbon content that holds its edge well, is tough, easy to sharpen and maintain, and with a 12% chromium content is very nearly stainless. It's laminated to an outer cladding of 15-layered Damascus stainless steel, creating a blade of breathtaking beauty.

  • Hand forged SLD steel hagane blades
  • 12% chromium content for rust-proofing
  • Charred chestnut handles
  • 15 layered Damascus jigane cladding
  • Double bevelled
Pictured: Gyuto £289 (left) / Nakiri £289 (middle) / Petty £239 (right) Set: £735
Also from the Masashi range: Masashi Kobo SLD
  • Polished SLD steel clad with SUS stainless steel for a mirror finish
  • 12% chromium content for rust-proofing
  • Charred chestnut handles
  • Double bevelled blades
  • Gyuto/Nakiri/Kamagata/Petty
Pictured: Gyuto £179 (left) / Nakiri £179 (middle) / Petty £149 (right)

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About Niwaki - Niwaki source a select range of extraordinary tools for the garden, kitchen and workshop.

Jake imported the first tripod ladder from Japan over 10 years ago, and since then the range has grown from a comprehensive collection of garden tools to include homewares, kitchen knives and woodworking tools. Good tools to get the job done, that last for ever, and bring new value to life. Most of them are unique, often hand-forged, and always of the highest quality.

Jake Hobson Topiary specialist and leading authority on cloud pruning, Jake works worldwide (as well as at home in Dorset) creating his brand of Organic Topiary - a fusion of Japanese cloud pruning and more traditional topiary. A background in sculpture at the Slade in London has married perfectly with a passion and skill for pruning, and a love of landscape. When he is not jetting around some of the world’s most incredible gardens, Jake shares his passion at his pruning workshops and lectures - and he’s found the time to write two books ‘The Art of Creative Pruning’ and ‘Niwaki’.

The name Niwaki means garden tree. Niwa means garden, Ki means tree and Niwaki would sell the stuff needed to prune the garden trees. So, the name. Hard to pronounce (ni-whacky) and tricky to remember, but we like it because of its implications.

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