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 Kumogake line is made of Aogami – 2 (Blue-2) carbon steel with a softer iron clad. Features a beautiful combination of traditional Kurouchi and Damascus pattern and a practical octagonal Wa handle made of Wenge.

With a tall blade and rounded nose, the Santoku is a versatile, all over, knife that is suitable for cutting meat, fish, or vegetables. The name Santoku means “Three-purpose” (virtues). Used mainly with chopping and push cuts.

P.S. The Kumogake series comes grinded but not fully sharpened to their potential so they need sharpening. Unless you are an experienced sharpener, “Extra Sharpness” service is strongly recommended.

Brand / Blacksmith: Hatsukokoro
Series: Kumogake
Knife type: Santoku 180mm
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 180 / 325
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Kurouchi / Damascus
Steel type: Aogami – 2 (Blue-2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Wenge / Horn
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 3,3 / 0,2
Blade height at heel (mm): 48
Weight (gr): 162

Important Note: This is a Carbon Steel knife and not a stainless one. Requires attention and care in its maintenance like quick washing and drying after use, storing in low humidity area and application of mineral oil if not used for some time.

Over time it will form a patina that will protect it from rust. In case rust appears, use baking soda on wet blade, leave it for 10 mins and rub carefully with your finger or a soft sponge. In case rust is not removed, contact us for further instructions.