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.