If you drive inland from Kobe City, under the coastal mountain range, you will arrive in Miki. In the hills surrounding Miki lives and works Kazuyuki Tanaka. Here, along with his son and two other craftsmen in a humble traditional workshop he creates a beautiful range of handmade knives. Thirty two layers of alternating nickel and stainless steel surround a cutting core of powdered R2 steel. This blade is then acid treated to produce a magnificent textured effect. A fantastic ironwood handle completes a knife that can only be described as kitchen jewellery. This medium sized handmade multi-layered preparation knife is the perfect ‘all-rounder’. The Santoku is the Japanese multi-purpose knife and is suitable for vegetables, boneless meats, fish and herbs. It is also great on larger vegetables, for example butternut squash and celeriac due to its deep blade.