Hatsukokoro Shinkiro Damascus AS bunka 170mm EN


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Hatsukokoro Shinkiro Damascus AS bunka 170mm is a compact blade with characteristics similar to santoku. Due to its characteristics, the bunka lends itself to very versatile use.

History and curiosity

Since its establishment in 2013, H&K Co. Ltd has sought out the best products Japan has to offer. In 2019, we developed our original brand “Hatsukokoro”. The word Hatsukokoro comes from the Japanese proverb “don’t forget your original intention”.

Due to the contracts stipulated between the brand and the blacksmiths, sometimes the identity of certain blacksmiths remains a mystery, which makes things a little more exciting.

The blade

Takahiro Nihei is another talented young blacksmith who studied in Sanjo under Yoshikane Hamono. All of his work on these blades is done in-house, from rolling the steel to sharpening the knives, his attention to detail is on full display. Takahiro san is also known for his incredible work with the famous Konosuke knife brand.

For the Shinkiro knives he uses Aogami Super steel for the edge which has been hand forged with an extremely beautiful damascus coating combined with a beautiful kurouchi finish. Aogami Super steel is the favorite of many blacksmiths and users, on the one hand for being a relatively simple steel to forge and on the other hand, it results in a knife that is ultra easy to sharpen and becomes incredibly sharp.

The handle

Handcrafted, the handle is made of hybrid Fordite with resin, maple burl spacers and brass.

Fordite is created by superimposing multiple layers of automobile paint which has dried sufficiently to be able to cut and polish it.

Technical sheet

Brand: Hatsukokoro

Blacksmith: Takahiro Nihei

Series: Shinkiro

Steel: Aogami super with damask steel coating

Hardness: 64-65 HRC

Type: bunka 170 mm

Blade length: 17.1 cm

Blade height: 4.9 cm

Heel thickness: 3.5 mm

Thickness at the tip: 0.6 mm

Weight: 186g

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg


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