This is the Hatsukokoro (初心) version of the Yoshikane SKD Santoku. Different to K&S Amekiri line, this Hatsukokoro version is with kanji 初心 from a new channel to meet the high demand on the Yoshikane SKD line. Other than the kanji engraving, all specs of this blade are the same as K&S Amekiri.
For those not familiar with SKD, it is SKD12 also known as A2 tool steel, with about 1% of Carbon content, and only 4.5% of Chromium. Heat treated perfectly by Yoshikane to HRC 63, the SKD very much behaves like carbon steel in terms of taking a very keen edge, the food release and also super easy to sharpen; yet without the need of high maintenance.
The semi stainless nature of the SKD (and alike) means the knife will not rust during normal use and can be left unattended for a short period of time during service, but could still rust if not cleaned for an extended period of time. It will take on patina during daily use just like carbon steel.
This is the Hatsukokoro (初心) version of the Yoshikane SKD Gyuto. Different to K&S Amekiri line, this Hatsukokoro version is with kanji 初心 from a new channel to meet the high demand on this sought-after Yoshikane gyuto. Other than the kanji engraving, all specs of this blade are the same as K&S Amekiri.
With a rustic Nashiji finish coupled with a highly praised Sanjo region F&F, this knife has a very nice profile, large sweet spot, and feels very nimble in hand. White 2 core with stainless cladding ensure the highest cutting performance yet the stainless cladding means you will have little worry about the rust.
This maker is a highly regarded knife house in Sanjo, Niigata. Founded in 1919, it is one of the most established top quality kitchen knife manufacturers in the region.
|210 mm||240 mm||270 mm|
|Weight||186 g||216 g||255 g|
|Total Length||358 mm||402 mm||442 mm|
|Tip to Heel Length||213 mm||244 mm||279 mm|
|Blade Height at Heel||45.1 mm||49.4 mm||55.1 mm|
|Width of Spine Above Heel||4.0 mm||4.0 mm||4.1 mm|
|Width of Spine at Middle of Blade||2.0 mm||2.0 mm||2.1 mm|
|Width of Spine at about 2cm from tip||0.8 mm||0.8 mm||0.8 mm|
Steel type: SKD High Speed Tool Steel, Stainless Cladding
Hardness (HRC): 63
Handle Design: K&S octagonal ebony handle with black horn ferrule.