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Koji Hara is our favorite custom knife makers and one of the most famous Japanese custom knife makers in Japan. This fame is unusual, as it is very rare for Japanese custom knife makers to become famous or popular throughout the entirety of global knife market. Koji Hara is similarly noteworthy because his custom knives have earned him prestigious awards at several major knife shows. As a result of these successes, we consider Koji Hara to be a 'Pioneer' of the Japanese knife industry and one of the greatest custom knife makers alive.
Koji Hara is passionate about creating innovative custom knives that showcase his artistic design skills and his expert use of knife making techniques. For many years, he attended all of the major knife shows around the world and gradually, over time, he built up a solid reputation for producing very consistent, high quality knives. Throughout these several decades, Koji Hara’s steadfast passion for knife making and his genuine desire to delight his customers have remained constant. So, you could say that these two desires are the 'secret’ behind his great reputation.
You can see many of Koji Hara’s beautiful custom knives in the "Koji Hara Collection" at our sister site JapaneseKnifeDirect.com, which specializes in Japanese folding knives and outdoor knives.
Recently, we asked Koji Hara to produce a very special Custom Kitchen Knife for us. This time, Koji Hara successfully used all of his energy and experience in traditional hammer forging to create unique vortex Damascus pattern, which we are calling "KOJI Damascus"!!! The Beautiful and Powerful appearance of Koji’s VG-10 Nickel Damascus blade perfectly matches his trade-mark 'Bamboo-Style' handle, which is created using several beautiful pieces of Gold Mother of Pearl and a hand engraved nickel silver bolster and butt. The blade tang is tapered for improved weight balance and the knife feels excellent in hand. His detailed hand work is executed masterfully and the iridescent Gold Mother of Pearl Handle adds a real touch of luxury.
This very special limited edition custom kitchen knife from Koji Hara includes a hand-crafted custom black leather knife sheath.
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It can be used with a variety of different cutting techniques to achieve a wide range of kitchen tasks and is suitable for cutting the vast majority of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. The Gyuto is true multi-purpose knife.
Knife Model: Koji Hara Custom VG-10 Nickel Damascus Gyuto 210mm
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Bamboo Design, Gold Mother of Pearl Handle With Stainless steel bolster
Saya Included: Yes. (Black Leather Sheath)
Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
Cutting edge length: 210mm
Total Length: 335mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 138mm
Total Weight: 219g
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 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.