Hatsukokoro Ginyo Santoku

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A beautifully finished santoku with a little extra height and weight for those who prefer a bigger feeling knife in hand.

First Impressions

The Ginyo is an excellent knife, Yauji Yoshihiro makes some excellent blades under his own brand and this collaboration with Hatsukokoro boasts an impressively finished edge right out of the box and a bold, fairly weighty and robust blade.


Definitely an understated knife, the tsuchime marks are subtle as is the damascus finish but look a little closer and there's plenty of depth there.

In Hand

Unquestionably the first thing we noticed picking up the Ginyo is that it feels like a heavier knife. Not necessarily a "heavyweight" but the entire range is definitely a little taller, thicker and has a distinct feeling of weight even with the traditional lightweight wa handles. 

It feels robust, solid and a no-nonsense knife but with the excellent edge finish it glides through food smoothly.


This is a knife designed to be robust and the Silver 3 core clad in stainless holds is a becoming a more common combination for the edge retention quality and ease of care. The 60-61 HRC gives you a bit flexibility you don't get with a higher hardness.

Ease of Care

You'll find Silver 3 holds an edge well and is generally easy to sharpen so just follow our normal care instructions and we'd suggest checking out a knife care kit for longer term maintenance. 

Our Verdict

Yauji Yoshihiro and Hatsukokoro have created a collection here for those who are seeking a robust and easy to look after knife with a feeling of a little more weight in hand but retaining an excellent edge and balance.


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Product details

  • Blade Length: 184mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 325mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 48.9mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.31mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 176 grams
  • Core Steel: Silver 3
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 60-61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal teak with black buffalo bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: HAT-0012

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

We recommend the santoku sized magnolia saya or santoku blade guard for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Yauji Yoshihiro for Hatsukokoro

Born in 1983, Yoshihiro san is already an highly experienced blacksmith having completed the long apprecenticeship under the tutelage of master Hideo Kitaoka. The Ginyo collection is a collaboration with Hatsukokoro.

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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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