Gihei Hamono Blue #2 Santoku

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The trusty all-rounder you've been looking for! Comfortable in hand with a nice distal taper, lightweight and a great edge, what more can you want.

First Impressions

Out of the box, performance is good and the cutting smooth without needing any real work although as with most knives a couple of passes on a strop would give you a little extra performance if you wanted a quick and easy edge boost.


This is a traditional knife with a subtle nashiji finish running down to the shinogi line and a migaki finish showing off the core which will develop a great patina with use and contrast the stainless cladding nicely.

In Hand

While perfectly good quality, the burnt magnolia and plastic ferrule are comfortable but quite standard oval handles. In hand the knife is well balanced and nimble with a slightly smoothed choil and spine feeling comfortable while holding the blade. 


You'll have no problems with long term use, the 3 layer blue #2 core and stainless cladding construction provides a durable edge and will patina nicely with use over time.

Ease of Care

Follow our normal and carbon steel and general care tips and this is a knife you'll enjoy for many years. 

For long term care we'd recommend our carbon steel care kit.

Our Verdict

Good performance, a quality heat treatment of the blue #2 steel giving both edge retention and durability in a classy but understated finish overall. A very affordable and quality option for both home and professional use. 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 164mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 300mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 46.4mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.94mm (Spine width above the heel) 1.99mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.40mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 120 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Oval burnt magnolia with plastic ferrule
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: GIH-003

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

Both the santoku and bunka magnolia saya fit this knife as does the santoku size (22x5cm) blade guard.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Gihei Hamono

Based in Sanjo, Gihei Hamono is led by fourth generation head knife maker Atushi Hosokawa-san and his son Takashi and have been creating quality blades since the 1920's. They are an innovative and forward thinking company who specialise in working with modern high performance steels as well as traditional materials.

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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