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Hatsukokoro Inazuma AS Damascus Santoku 170mm 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.

Santoku is an all-purpose blade that is incredibly useful for tight spaces and it is the one that most home cooks should purchase first. Even folks who use paring knives for everything can quickly get used to this blade since it brings so much utility in a compact size.

Brand: Hatsukokoro
Producing Area: Sanjo-Niigata/ Japan
Profile: Santoku
Size: 170mm
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Blue (Aogami) Super, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Wenge & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 316mm
Edge Length: 175mm
Handle to Tip Length: 190mm
Blade Height: 48mm
Thickness: 2.8mm
Handle Length: 128mm
Weight: 138g
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Hardness: ~63HRC

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