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Hatsukokoro Inazuma AS Damascus Bunka 180mm Wenge Handle


Hatsukokoro’s Inazuma line translates to “lightning” and originates from a company in Sanjo. Hatsukokoro knives are known for a beautiful grind and polish, as well as generous heel height to prevent knuckles from contacting the board when cutting. 

Knives from the Inazuma line are constructed from Blue (Aogami) Super carbon steel and clad in soft iron, giving them superb edge retention and performance while remaining relatively easy to sharpen. The blade is adorned with a kaleidoscope of different patterns, featuring Damascus waves over a Kasumi finished bevel, contrasted by Tsuchime-marked dimples over a Nashiji finish. 

In conjunction with their super-thin edge, these blades will cut through kitchen ingredients with great ease and efficiency. These must be used with a gentle hand as their thinness can make them prone to chipping. To preserve the beauty of the finish, ensure the entirety of the blade is cleaned and dried after each use, as the iron cladding is more prone to rusting compared to a stainless steel knife. Overall, the Hatsukokoro Inazuma AS is a solid choice for those searching for a unique carbon steel blade to round out their collection without breaking the bank.

A Bunka is a Santoku (an all-purpose knife) with a kiritsuke-tip. The accentuated tip is great for delicate work, whilst sharing the same versatility as the Santoku. It is a great knife as an addition to an existing all-purpose blade or as a first all-purpose knife for any cook.

Brand: Hatsukokoro
Producing Area: Sanjo-Niigata/ Japan
Profile: Bunka
Size: 180mm
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Blue (Aogami) Super, Soft Iron Damascus Clad
Handle: Wenge & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 316mm
Edge Length: 174mm
Handle to Tip Length: 188mm
Blade Height: 50.4mm
Thickness: 3.2mm
Handle Length: 129mm
Weight: 146g
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Hardness: 63-63HRC

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