The honesuki is a Japanese boning knife. It differs from a Western boning knife in its triangular shape and the fact that it is stiff with very little flex. The honesuki works very well for deboning poultry and typically has an asymmetrical edge. While it is called a boning knife, it is not meant to cut through bones. Instead it is intended to cut through the joints of the bird. Due to its shape and height, the honesuki can also double up nicely as a utility or petty style of knife.
Kohetsu makes these knives out of HAP40 semi stainless steel which is forged to a very hard 65 Rockwell. In simple terms, it is an insanely hard steel. HAP40 is one of the hardest steels available for knife-making and it provides amazing edge retention. HAP40 polishes to a super sharp edge fairly easily, especially considering its hardness. It holds that sharpness better than almost anything else we sell. It is a semi stainless alloy which is then clad in a full stainless steel outer layer, so it's also easy to care for.
The blade features a gray pakkawoodle handle and a black pakkawood ferrule.
Knife arrived in good shape. However, the handle is colored using some material that gave horrible chemical smell for couple of weeks. Had to wash again and again with soap to get it off. The blade is sharp, but not amazing. Also, after couple of washing and immediate rinse it stained (the core part). Could be better for the price
When I split up the Christmas duck with a western boning knife I bought this amazing knife. This is a beautiful knife, with incredible power in the stiff pointed steel to get into poultry joints. After using this I tossed my western boning knives.The large wa handle is great when dealing with raw birds.
Cladding is too soft. Scratches thru pineapple. Rest of knife is awesome and yup gets wacky sharp esp w honing. I bees waxed the handle. Balance and lightness is awesome but its powerful enough and the shape is great for many things as cutting a curve becomes simple at the tip. The HAP40 line patinaned beautifully like a sword hamon. Thank you!
This makes 3rd knife bought from Mark, and by far the sharpest knives I've received. This is my first Hap-40 knife, and I plan on buying more. The balance feels great, the light weight feel is awesome. I couldn't be happier.
This is a great knife for its intended purpose (breaking down chicken) but it also makes a great little utility knife. Since it's HAP40 steel the edge retention should be amazing, and it has stayed razor sharp so far. I haven't tried to sharpen it yet, but the downside might be the difficulty in doing so. Still very interesting, my first PM knife.