Hatsukokoro Blue #2 Damascus Bunka

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The Blue #2 bunka with its sweeping belly and very thin tip is a perfect all-rounder suited equally to working on larger ingredients or doing very intricate work.

First Impressions

Hatsukokoro have teamed up with Nigara Hamono to make this line of stunning knives. With a lot of similarities to Nigara's Silver 3 range these are thick spined, solid tapering and very thin behind the edge leading to a high performance knife with stunning looks.


That matt nashiji finish on the soft iron cladding is a deep grey running down to the damascus and mirror finished core steel is stunning. It shows off Nigara Hamono's excellent eye for design without doubt!

In Hand

This range is characterised by a thick spine above the heel and fairly aggressive distal taper running down to a very thin tip. 

There's a feeling of weight in hand thanks to the thickness but with the balance point tending to be above the heel where the spine is thickest on the larger knives they're nimble in hand and easy to work with.


Blue #2 and soft iron clad is a widely used traditional combination for making a durable knife with excellent edge retention and durability.

Ease of Care

Follow our normal care and carbon steel guidelines and store your knives on a magnetic rack or use a saya and you'll enjoy using this for years.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 312mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 49mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 4.32mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.88mm (Measured halfway along spine) 0.82mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 174 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 63-64 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal walnut and black buffalo
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: HAT-0118-##

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

Due to the thickness of the spine, only the 210mm magnolia saya (wide fit) and the bunka size (22x5cm) blade guard fit this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Nigara Hamono

This range is made for Hatsukokoro by Nigara Hamono.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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