We are big fans of the knives bearing the Harukaze name. They are real bang-for-your-buck items that look and feel like far more pricy counterparts. The knife featured here is from the AS Morado line.
Little needs to be said about AS, or Aogami Super. This Hitachi Metals steel is considered to be just about the best mix of high carbon steels used in the making of kitchen knives. All of the Hitachi Carbon steels can deliver amazing levels of sharpness and AS is about as good as it can get in this regard. Plus, it is very easy to sharpen, resulting in silky smooth cuts through any produce.
The Harukaze AS Morado Gyuto 210mm comes slightly over-sized in length at 215mm on the edge. It is ground with an aggressive edge bevel and a steep angle at the cutting edge. This is a very sharp knife! It has a fairly thin blade that tapers down to a very thin tip. The blade is quite stiff with a nice neutral feel on the boards.
Fit and finish are outstanding for the price and the attractive oval handle made from walnut and maple is nicely installed.
good fit and finish though expecting better performance, September 27, 2021
Posted By: Eric L Tucker
While a very well constructed knife, not a very nimble knife. Between the steeper western edge, the hammered finish and probably the distal taper, not the fastest knife in town. I spend most of my time breaking down vegetables, from small brunoise to julienne to breaking down tomatoes, this thing is underwhelming in terms of performance and edge retention. ( i'm used to maintaining a shallower japanese edge, so I am partially to blame thow I have adusted my sharpenng angle) Will bring it to a local sharpener and see if I can get it re edged and tapered.
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