A Meeting of Hearts and Minds
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. Just as Michel loves his birthplace Aubrac, the source of his inspiration, so the spirit of KAI is rooted in the Mino region and in the skilled craftsmen who live there. Both the high plateau of Aubrac and the plain of Mino lie inland and are blessed by an abundant nature. Both Laguiole and Seki are famed for their excellent knives. And finally Michel Bras' father was also a blacksmith.
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.”