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 Japanese characters. Their name is Maruyoshi. The petty or western paring knife measures 135mm or about 5.3 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.
This knife is my all around tool for small fruits and vegetables. The knife is very elegant,thin and handy. It cuts well and looks extremely nice with the others on my magnetic knife rack. Edge retention is great. It is perfect for onions,peppers,kiwis,garlic,apples and tomatoes. It is surprisingly rugged for its design. This is a great small knife.
I bought the petty knife and chef knife from maruyoshi hd and I love my knives excellent quality,razonable price,very comfortable I recomend this product