Blue 2 Yanagiba with Kurochi Finish and Teak wood handle, by Myojin Riki.
Hatsukokoro (初心) is a new premium Japanese knife brand that work with a lot of famous makers, their goal is to introduce unique preimum kitchen knives to the market, without the establishment's premium pricing. K&S first introduced the Hatsukokoro by Yoshikane, featuring the icoinc Yoshikane SKD nashiji line. The latest work by them is the the single bevel line by Myojin Riki Seisakusho.
The Hatsukokoro by Myojin signle bevel is a line of "practical single bevel" knives produced by Myojin Riki Seisakusho and comisioned by Hatsukokoro. If you are not familiar with Myojin is a father and son knife workshop based in Tosa prefecture, in the island of Shikoku. Father Tateo, is specialised in single bevel knife sharpening, whereas son Naohito Myojin specialises in double bevel knife sharpening, and Toru Tamura is their primary blacksmith. As a sidenote, Toru Tamura and Naohito Myojin are the makers of the Tetsujin brand which is distributed by Konosuke and a few other knife houses.
The Hatsukokoro by Myojin is of very high quality with excellent fit and finish.
Blacksmith: Toru Tamura (田村 徹)
Sharpener: Tateo Myojin (明神 健)
|240mm||270 mm||300 mm||330 mm|
|Weight||184 g||225 g||258 g||303 g|
|Total Length||394 mm||424 mm||454 mm||484 mm|
|Tip to Heel Length||235 mm||265 mm||295 mm||325 mm|
|Blade Height at Heel||30.8 mm||34.4mm||37.3 mm||40.9 mm|
|Width of Spine Above Heel||4.0 mm||4.1 mm||4.5 mm||4.6 mm|
|Width of Spine at Middle of Blade||3.2 mm||3.2 mm||3.3 mm||3.4 mm|
|Width of Spine at about 1cm From the Tip||2.2 mm||2.2 mm||2.2 mm||1.8 mm|
|Steel||Blue 2||Blue 2||Blue 2||Blue 2|
|Hardness||HRC 62-63||HRC 62-63||HRC 62-63||HRC 62-63|
|Handle Design||Teak handle and horn ferrule, with options||Teak handle and horn ferrule, with options
||Teak handle and horn ferrule, with options||
Teak handle and horn ferrule, with options