Kotetsu Iron Clad

Thin, light and graceful, the Kotetsu range are an instant favourite.

Wrapped in the day's local newspaper and safely encased in a stylish black storage box with a red inlay and a small note from the blacksmiths explaining that this range is how they prize art and functionality; efficient cutting tools over ones that are simply beautiful. (These are both).

I make knives all week long.

On weekends I cook for my family

Cooking gives me new ideas for my knives: weight, blade, sheen etc.

So they're better in the kitchen.

Beauty is important to me.

But integrity and function are more so.

I aim to make the best working knives, with this principle:

"Art over beauty"

Takayuki Shibata

Along with the normal packaging, we of course include our usual plasters just in case you're not quite ready for how sharp these knives are!

If you'd like to learn even more about these wonderful knives, you can also visit the official website for Shibata Knives.

Kotetsu Type 3 AS

Kotetsu Type 3 AS

The Kotetsu range of exclusive lightweight chef knives, hand-forged from Aogami Super Blue steel these are incredibly sharp!

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Made by Takayuki Shibata

Shibata san is one of the top knife sharpeners in Japan and his knife making skill extends to his own beautiful Kotetsu range.

Takayuki Shibata
Iron Clad

Iron Clad

The Kotetsu range of exclusive lightweight chef knives, made from R2 powdered steel, blacksmithed by Ikeda san and hand sharpened individually by Shibata san. True works of art.

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Made by Takayuki Shibata

Shibata san is one of the top knife sharpeners in Japan and his knife making skill extends to his own beautiful Kotetsu range.

Takayuki Shibata