We have recently been able to acquire these very popular knives direct from the manufacturer since Hattori had a very difficult time supplying them. The only difference is that the manufacturer's name is engraved on the blade in Kanji. Their name is Maruyoshi. The knife measures 240mm or 9.5 inches on the blade. These excellent knives offer traditional technology combined with modern material for high cutting performance. The core steel is made of VG10 with 63 layered Nickel Damascus stainless steel blade. VG10 is the newly developed High Carbon (0.95 to1.05%) Molybdenum (0.90 to 1.20%) and Vanadium (0.10 to 0.30%) stainless steel plus 1.30 to 1.50% Cobalt added to increase strength. The edges have a Rockwell hardness of 60 to 61 HRC. The beautiful Damascus blade is hand engraved. The handles are made with black Pakkawood and three stainless steel rivets.
Beautiful knife. Great fit and finish,excellent handle. But the damascus pattern is sort of subtle on this one,but really ípopsí if you hold at the correct angle. Cladding seems a little scratch-prone and the spine and choil come very squared-off and sharp on this guy.
This is one really great knife. Well balanced and with its Damascus blade very nice for demonstrations. I get a lot of compliments on this knife. It stays very sharp,cleans easily and cuts like a dream. This knife is well worth the money. All the Hattori HD knives are extremely well made and durable.