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Hattori Forums FH Series FH-4C Santoku 170mm (6.6inch, Cocobolo Wood Handle)

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After years of the collaborative work with the Knife Forums "In the Kitchen" members and the premier knife maker, Mr.Ichiro Hattori, we are proud to introduce our first JCK Original, FH Series Hattori / Forums high end Chef's knives.                             

Hattori FH Series knife is produced in very small batches to ensure a high level of quality and performance. Every detail in design and manufacture has been taken into consideration from the special heat treat process, to the hand contoured handle and to the balance, ergonomics and profile of each knife.

The blade is made of VG-10 Cobalt Steel (HRC60 to 61). Even though it is simple appearance, we can feel the Hattori’s detailed works high level of craftsmanship from finely hand sharpened and polished blade.

For the handle material, Master Hattori chose the Cocobolo wood, which has a light brown color with unique & beautiful natural woodgrain textures.  Hattori's fine custom hand working process can be seen on its well hand contoured and perfect shaped handle.

Mr. Hattori believes that the comfortable and well balanced handles are as important as the good blades, so he pays a special attention to the details of not only for the outside looks, but also for the durability against crack and shrinkage that may happen in a long range of use on these natural materials. Before assembling and shaping the handle slabs, each selected wooden block is stabilized in the boiled wax for 3 hours, and then cut into two pieces for matching woodgrain patterns for both sides. In fact, when I first saw and gripped it in my hand, I felt something warmness and comfortable sense of touch with this hand shaped natural wood handle.

The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.

Knife Model: Hattori Forums FH Series Santoku

Blade Material: VG-10 Stainless Steel

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 61

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Cocobolo Wood Handle

Saya Included: No.


Santoku 170mm (6.6")
Cutting edge length: 170mm
Total Length: 300mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 165g



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 fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.



This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes, and keep it in dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab.
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.

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Long story short: Been using this knife for near every task since I got it, and it's an absolute joy to work with. Feels great in the hand, excellent blade retention and just overall a fantastic tool in the kitchen. This knife right here is money well spent! Only thing that can compare in that sense is the fantastic service that these people provide.

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Hattori Forums FH Series FH-4C Santoku 170mm (6.6inch, Cocobolo Wood Handle)

i love the knife . it is well balanced and light in my hand. it holds its edge very well and at the same time it is a beautiful knife. i also bought the 120mm knife from Hattori and it is also great. i used it this morning trimming some fresh strawberries. i would recommend this knife

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Hattori FH Series FH-4C Santoku

Bought this knife after using a bigger Chefs knife for years. I am very pleased with the quality of this knife and it is very comfortable to work with, with great balance. We don't use our chefs knife now and I bought another one of these knives for my daughter. Plus the service from JCK and Koki was outstanding. 9.5/10.

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I always loved knife. I am not a professional chef but a normal person who adore cooking. However, I owned a decent number of different knives. This was my first purchase of a Japanese knife. The knife is not only aesthetically perfect, it cuts perfectly, easy to operate with your hands.

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Highly recomended. The Hatori santoku is of the finest quality well balance, a pleasure to hold and beautiful overall with the Cocobolo handle. All my friends have something positive to say about it

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