Hatsukokoro Hayabusya VG5 Santoku

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Style, value for money and a laser profile, the santoku is a great all rounder for anyone looking to begin a Japanese knife collection with a thin and easy to care for knife.

First Impressions

The VG5 like the other knives in the Hayabusa series from Hatsukokoro which are made in a variety of steels  (SG2, ZDP189 and HAP40) all share a common profile and an impressive thin grind so even at the lower price point of the VG5, it's a sharp knife with a thin laser profile that cuts well right out of the box.

Beauty

It's a subtly finished knife with a quality migaki finish on the stainless cladding that runs down to the core steel. Paired with the black pakka wood full tang handle it's a very Japanese take on the familiar Western chef knife design.

In Hand

The full tang yo handle is comfortable and a typical shape many people will be used to and while we'd perhaps like a little more smoothing along the spine and around the heel of the blade to make it a bit more comfortable. 

At the price point this is not an unusual compromise to find and it's something that can easily be done at home with some high grit sandpaper if it really bothers you.

Durability

VG5 is a stainless steel and this range is hardened to about 59-60HRC so it's hard enough to offer good edge retention, it's also going to be quite forgiving and have a lower risk of chipping in less practiced hands so it's an ideal first Japanese knife in this respect.

Ease of Care

Just follow our normal care instructions and you'll be good. As it's a slightly lower hardness than a lot of the knives we stock you might find that with regular use at home that giving it a quick sharpen on a whetstone and finish with a honing rod/strop every couple of weeks will give you the best results for keeping that thin edge singing. 

You can add a Japanese knife care kit to your order which would give you the tools required for the job. 

Our Verdict

We did find the petty knives in the range would perhaps benefit from thinning a little on a whetstone to bring the true sharpness up a bit but as you move to the larger knives (santoku, gyuto etc) the bevel and overall grind is much closer to a laser out of the box and performs very well.

Great value and unfussy the VG5 is a perfect sidekick in any collection and ideal for those who want sharpness but not to have to worry about being a little heavier handed.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 182mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 300mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 1.7mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47.2mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 157 grams
  • Core Steel: VG5
  • This knife is made from a stain resistant steel and so is a great choice for ease of care and it won't react with your ingredients like a carbon steel knife.

    Read the Japanese knife care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 59-60 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Black pakka wood
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: HAT-023

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.

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Blacksmith Profile

Hatsukokoro

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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