Hatsukokoro Kurouchi Damascus – Santoku 165mm



Hatsukokoro works with a wide variety of Artisans just outside Osaka Japan, from blacksmiths, handle makers and Master knife sharpeners. The Kumokage line is Hand-Forged with Aogami 2/Blue Carbon 2 Steel cladded in Soft Iron. The knives are really well made, have nice even grinds and really well balanced.

Blue carbon steel is known for its amazing edge retention and sharpness. The knife is fully reactive carbon/Iron so some extra care is required. Make sure that you avoid “bad” rust (Orange in colour) from forming on the blade. Wash the knife with soapy water after use and make sure to dry it properly with a paper towel or dry cloth. Over time, the blade will begin to develop a Patina “good” Rust. This oxidation will usually be grey to dark grey in colour and actually protect your knife from harmful rust. The knife will slowly start building its own personal character.



Santoku Knife (三徳包丁 – pronounced: Santoku Bōchō) literally translated from Japanese means ‘Three Virtues’. Three Virtues refers to the three methods of using a knife namely slicing, dicing and chopping or the three types of fresh produce that is meat, fish and vegetables.

The Santoku’s multi-purpose and versatility nature leads it to be compared with a Western chef’s knife or the Gyuto. As the Three Virtues suggests it’s perfect for chopping, mincing and slicing the three main fresh produces. It excels easily through the fresh produce and creates thin slices of meat, seafood, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. The wide blade is handy for scooping food off the cutting board. The blade profile is well suited for up-and-down motion or using a tap-chop or a push-cut.

The Santoku thin blade is shorter than Western chef’s or Gyuto knives making it lighter, easier to handle and less strenuous for long periods of work. The flatter cutting edge is nearly straight from heel to tip. The Santoku is perfect for users with smaller hands and a bit more limited working space. The double-bevel, thin, sharp edge prioritises finesse instead of power.

Type: Western Style

Best for: Meat, Fish, Vegetables

Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: All-Rounder – Easy to use and applies to most food types


Care Instructions

  • Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
  • Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
  • Never use this knife to cut frozen food.
  • Never twist or cleave the blade.
  • Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
  • Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
  • Never transport knives unprotected.

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