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Hatsukokoro Kokugei Blue 1 Santoku 165mm

$115.00 USD

Specifications

Style: Santoku
Blade Length: 170mm
Overall Length: 310mm
Weight: 145g
Blade Height @ Heel: 45mm
Bevel: Double Bevel
Spine Thickness @ Heel: 2.5mm
Spine Thickness @ Mid: 1.8mm
Spine Thickness 1cm from tip: 0.5mm
Blade Material: Blue 1 Core, Iron Kurouchi Clad
HRC: 62
Handle: Octagon Bubinga

 

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Blade Type

The Santoku knife, a classic in Japanese kitchens, translates to "three virtues," symbolizing its proficiency in slicing, dicing, and mincing. With a shorter, versatile blade and a balanced design, it's ideal for a range of tasks, from cutting meat to chopping vegetables, making it a beloved all-purpose tool.

Steel Type

Japanese Blue Steel #1, known as "Aogami" #1, is a premium high-carbon steel enriched with tungsten and chromium. It has seen a recent surge in popularity and is now used by many top-tier knife makers for its superior edge retention and durability. It also offers a unique balance of toughness and sharpness. This steel is highly valued in crafting traditional Japanese knives, especially for professional use.

Recommended Maintenance

Store it in a dry environment using magnetic strips, knife rolls, or sayas. Avoid hitting hard or frozen objects and twisting the blade while cutting. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Clean with hot water and a soft cloth, and dry immediately after use to prevent rust spots on the high carbon steel. For more information please read the blog below.

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Hatsukokoro

Hatsukokoro is a brand comprised of knives from some of the best artisans in Japan. Think Yoshikane, Myojin, Yauji, and many more. The creative force behind the Hatsukokoro brand is clearly doing something right turning out outstanding quality and incredible designs with thick spine tapers, unique tsuchime and damascus patterns, with the use of cutting edge (no pun intended) materials. An instantly popular brand, and with very good reason.

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Knife Care

This knife is made from a high-carbon steel and as such, will require a little more care than a regular off-the-shelf knife. It must be dried shortly after use, as prolonged exposure to moisture can cause rust spots to appear. A very light coat of oil during storage also helps to prevent rust spots. A patina (colouration and seasoning of the steel) will occur with use. 

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Hatsukokoro Kokugei Blue 1 Santoku 165mm