Hatsukokoro HAP40 Gyuto 240mm

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Subtle looking certainly but the gyuto is light, well balanced and offers easy sharpening and durable edge retention out of the box thanks to the HAP40 steel.

First Impressions

Sharp out of the box and there's definitely scope to pretty easily get a truly screaming sharp edge with a little work on a stone or with a ceramic rod. 

This range is machine made and then finished and sharpened by hand and scores very well on our sharpness tests so with that potential to hone further and durability we think this is a great knife for overall performance.


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 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. 

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 machine made in Seko City, Japan and then sharpened and the handles fitted by hand. It's tempting and entirely fair to compare them with the entirely hand made knives we sell and it's a tricky one in some respects because it's a difficult comparison of man vs machine made but the obvious benefit of machine made here is consisency and finish across the range.

The reality here is that you're paying for the HAP40 steel which is going to take and retain an excellent edge and offers a high level of durability despite it's thin profile.

Product details

Product SKU: 9005

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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