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Hattori Limited, Cowry X, VG-2 clad HCX-1B Santoku 170mm (6.6 inch, Black Linen Micarta Handle)

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 Master Hattori is now 82 years old and is a Grand Master blade smith with over 60 years of knife making experience.  He has devoted tremendous time and energy to making the finest knives, which have received praise from knife industry experts from around the world.

 As you likely know, Hattori knives – such as the Hattori KD Series Cowry X Damascus Knives and the Hattori Forums FH Series – are recognized as true masterpieces and are praised for being very practical they are the fruits of Hattori's long years of experience and hard work.

 Unfortunately, Hattori’s KD Cowry X Damascus knives have been in very limited supply for a long time, so many people missed the chance to own and use these legendary Cowry X knives.

 Fortunately, Master Hattori has just finished a limited quantity of Cowry X San-Mai Santoku knives. The San-Mai (Three-piece laminated) blade is made with a Premium Cowry X Powdered High Speed Tool Steel, sandwiched between two layers of VG-2 steel. This laminated blade construction provides extra strength and durability for the blade and the high carbon VG-2 steel should be more scratch-resistant than the low and medium carbon stainless steels that are commonly used for cladding.

 Master Hattori originally selected Cowry X steel from Daido Steel Company because it provides an exceptional combination of extra high hardness, cutting performance and edge retention.

 Through many years of trial and error, Master Hattori has perfected every aspect of Cowry X knife production – From the heat treatment, to the blade grinding and final sharpening.

 The design concept for these Hattori Cowry X Santoku knives was simplicity and practicality. Accordingly, Master Hattori selected durable, grippy Linen Micarta for the handle material.

 We believe this is a great opportunity to experience Master Hattori’s famous Cowry X steel knives and they will certainly be a fine addition to your knife collection!

 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 Limited, Cowry X, VG-2 clad Santoku 170mm

Blade Material: Cowry X core sandwiched with VG-2

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63 to 65

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

Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta Handle

Saya Included: No.

Santoku 170mm (6.6")
Cutting edge length: 170mm
Total Length: 295mm
Blade Thickness: 1.8mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 123mm
Total Weight: 132g



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 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. 

  • 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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    Justin B.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product

    Hattory. Cowry X !.

    Love these blades!. perfect size, crazy sharp, awesome value for money with a super steel core that i was told is no longer made. Gave a few away to chef mates that love them!.

    Antal N.
    Switzerland Switzerland
    I recommend this product

    Excellent as always!

    This is not first knife which I ordered from here. What can I say, excellent customer service, good price and the knife is really , really good. It's a bargain . Perfect for vegetables, fruits. Thin and very sharp blade,easy to sharp.

    Ken N.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Makes Cooking Fun!

    I enjoy cooking. I first bought the Hattori Santoku to give it a shot. Extremely sharp and thin made cutting easy. Also it was a lot lighter than my German knives which made it even easier. I loved it so much I bought more Hattori knives. Highly recommended!!!!!

    Stephane L.
    France France
    I recommend this product

    Hattori santoku

    Good morning, the knife is perfectly realised as always with M. Hattori, i appreciate his simplicity, the thin blade for delicate works, the proportions of the handle, his lightweight and of course the excellent cutting performance and edge retention of cowry x. (all that for a reasonnable price.)

    Rick k.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Budget Cowry x awesome

    Only had this one day but it cuts like a dream. Thin, hard, super sharp out of the box. Great fit and finish no gaps in the handle, perfectly straight blade.

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