Sora knives are made by master knife maker Shiro Kamo, who is based at the Takefu Knife Village. The Takefu Knife Village is a knife making workshop in Japan where independent artisans share the same facilities to independently forge knives of their own designs. Mr. Shiro Kamo is a 2nd generation ‘Dento-Kogeishi’ (Japanese Traditional Craftsman). The Sora knives have an SG-2 powdered metal core (stainless steel) with 15 outer layers of stainless steel on each side.
Among high-end Japanese chef's knives, the most distinguishing feature of the Sora knives is the handles, which blend the best of Western style handle aesthetics with the practical comfort of the traditional Japanese handle. The Sora handles are octagonal, and like a tradional Japanese handle, they do not taper over their length. These are quite substantial handles, and are ideally suited to chefs who find the typical Western style handles to be too small. The handle is made from ironwood, with a fancy mosaic rivet in the center and polished nickel cap at the end, which complements the nickel ferule.