Hatsu – Kokoro means innocent spirit. A very important wholesaler from Amagasaki city in Hyogo prefecture cooperating with some of the best craftsmen in Japan. The Hatsukokoro brand is their house brand, crafted from undisclosed but some of the most experienced blacksmiths.

The HAP 40 line is made out of the “exotic” HAP40 stainless powder steel, famous for its hardness (HRC 64 – 65) and amazing edge retention. Featuring a simple polished look and a nice tapering along the spine. Lightweight despite its size and fitted with a nice Wenge octagonal handle.

Kiritsukes come in both single or double bevel versions. A combination knife to perform both the tasks of a slicer (like Sujihiki) and all-rounder (like Gyuto). The most part of the belly is flat to be used with push cuts and with a slightly curved, “K tip” nose it is perfect for small slicing and precise cuts. Recommended mainly for push cut, slice and chopping.