Hitachi HAP-40 is currently one of the most mysterious and attractive steels produced in Japan. This hi-tech powdered metal steel alloy has a very rich chemical position and, when it is forged and heat-treated properly, we believe that it probably offers better cutting performance and edge retention than any other high-quality Japanese steel.
We have worked closely with historical & professional Forge-Smith Sukenari for making the Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan HAP-40 Series Knives. Sukenari’s knowledge of traditional forging processes and their extensive experience with modern, high-performance steels proved to be invaluable when perfecting these new HAP-40 knives. Master Hanaki, Sukenari’s innovative and energetic knife maker and Master forge smith, has successfully managed to extract the best cutting performance and edge retention from these HAP-40 knives (HRc. 68). They are perfect for customers who love testing exotic hi-tech steels, or those who appreciate knives with outstanding cutting performance and edge retention.
Master Hanaki believes that, relative to ZDP-189 and Aogami Super knives, these new HAP-40 knives offer very competitive cutting performance and edge retention. In addition, even when HAP-40 is heat-treated to a higher Rockwell hardness than ZDP-189, HAP-40 offers better toughness. Consequently, Master Hanaki has confidence that these HAP-40 knives will prove to be some of the best performing and most practical knives from Japan.
Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan HAP-40 knives are fitted with a unique natural wooden texture of Octagonal Bocote wood handle, which has a buffalo horn ferrule. For safekeeping, this knife comes with a matching Magnolia wood Saya (Sheath) with a black pakkawood Saya pin. (Both we and Sukenari requested the Japan's selected experienced Wa Handle Craftsman for handcrafting the Octagonal Bocote Wood Handle.)
The lightweight, double bevel edged Kiritsuke might be compared to a combination of the Nakiri and the Sujihiki. It is a very versatile knife that can be used to perform many of the tasks normally done with a Gyuto.
Knife Model: Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan HAP-40 Series Kiritsuke
Blade Material: HAP-40 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 68
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagonal Bocote Wood Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
Kiritsuke 210mm (8.2")
Kiritsuke 240mm (9.4")
Kiritsuke 270mm (10.6")
Cutting edge length: 262mm
Total Length: 420mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 53mm
Handle Length: 143mm
Total Weight: 256g
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and its sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
I really like how that knife feels in my hand, it's sharpens and size. It's now my goto knife