Hatsukokoro Hayabusa HAP40 Bunka

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Lightweight, nimble and sharp. The bunka is a great all rounder with an laser-like profile.  You'll enjoy the ease with which you can sharpen this steel and its overall durability and edge retention. 

First Impressions

The Hayabusa is a great mix of old and new, the overall blade shape is made using more modern roll forging process that creates a consistent and exacting profile and then each individual blade is sharpened and finished by hand which gives it the excellent edge you'll enjoy from the moment you start using it. 


This is perhaps not a range you're going to buy based entirely on its looks. It's a classic polished finish with a visually interesting and consistent grind exposing the HAP40 steel core and the Kanji is 初心 meaning 初 (innocent) 心 (spirit).

In Hand

The entire range is impressively lightweight and overall they're pretty thin all the way along the spine and taper nicely. The heel of the knife is comfortable but it would be nice if it were just a little more rounded and finished around the edges for added comfort.


Made by Hitachi Metals Limited, HAP40 is a super steel that is well regarded for its hardness and the treatment of this range is around 64-65 HRC so edge retention is excellent and these are durable knives when looked after correctly.

The durability and edge retention is the big feature of this range.

Ease of Care

These are a semi stainless knife so we'd recommend caring for them following the normal rinse and dry routine but it would also be worth applying drop or two of camellia oil from time to time as HAP40 steel has a chromium content but it's worth the extra care for the edge retention properties it offers.

Our Verdict

This range is an interesting combination of new and old blade production and then sharpened and the handles fitted by hand. There's a great level of consistency across the knives in the range thanks to the use of more modern machinery which allows Hatsukokoro to keep production costs down without compromising on the finish which is done by hand.

It makes the HAP40 steel more accessible in price and if you're looking for a knife which is going to take and retain an excellent edge and offer a high level of durability despite it's thin profile then look no further.

Overall, an impressively light but solid knife that's going to last.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 185mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 323mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.02mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47.7mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 124 grams
  • Core Steel: HAP40
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 64-65 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal walnut
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 9006

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Protection & care for this knife

Blacksmith Profile


Based in Seki city, Hatsukoroko employ a range of techniques and work with a selection of master blacksmiths working entirely by hand and for some ranges, they make use of modern machinery to combine craft with extreme precision.

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