Hatsukokoro Blue #2 Kumokage Santoku 180mm Teak Handle
Hatsukokoro’s Kumokage line translates to “cloud shadow.” Forged in Tosa, these knives are characterized by consistent and thin grinds, affordable prices, and profiles that work well for both rock chopping and push cutting. The Kumokage Blue #2’s are not stainless and need to be kept dry to avoid corrosion over time. On the upside, they are very easy to sharpen and take a very keen edge. 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 Kumokage line are constructed from Blue #2 carbon steel and clad in soft iron, giving them excellent edge retention and performance while remaining fairly easy to sharpen. The thickness in the spine gives these a sturdy, weighted feel in the hand while the convex grind minimizes food stiction. These are excellent choices for first time carbon steel knife users thanks to their affordable price and durability.
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.
Sharpener: Myojin Tateo (Myojin Naohito’s father)
Producing Area: Tosa-Kochi/ Japan
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Blue (Aogami) #2, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Teak & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 325mm
Edge Length: 183mm
Handle to Tip Length: 197mm
Blade Height: 47.3mm
Handle Length: 128mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous