With their common goal of creating the best knives possible Michel Bras and KAI discovered, as their friendship deepened, that they had many other things in common besides knives.
During a visit to Seki Michel had the following exchange with Koji Endo: "When I heard the sound of the blacksmith's hammer striking the anvil, I was reminded of my father's workshop, with the same sounds and the same atmosphere. Mr. Endo, as we embark on our joint enterprise, neither you nor I have forgotten our common heritage as blacksmiths." To which Mr. Endo replied: "Just as Aubrac and its nature are ever present in your mind, Mr. Bras, so I feel that in our blood flows the same love for knives, a love that has been nourished in me by Seki and the Mino region. I am convinced that the harmony that binds together all these elements will live on in the Michel BRAS knives."