Hatsukokoro Shirahama White #2 Bunka

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A lovely daily driver for a wide range of jobs the Shirahama bunka is perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy a great edge and an easy to care for and sharpen carbon steel.

First Impressions

A nicely consistent flat grind and fairly straight distal taper across the different sized knives with a thin edge out of the box and a light feel in hand despite the initial appearance of a thicker knife the Shirahama is a well balanced and nimble collection.


The soft iron cladding features a subtle diagonal brushed finish running down to a migaki finish at the shinogi line and an eye catching wave line of the exposed white #2 core steel which over time will look great as it develops its patina. 

We've paired the subtle blades with a classic octagonal teak handle with black buffalo horn bolster.


The white #2 core at around 60-61HRC offers a good level of edge retention and is a little more forgiving than some of the significantly harder treated steels so won't take long to get an edge on it when sharpening either.

Ease of Care

This is a fully reactive knife so both the core steel and soft iron cladding will react with food and moisture as you work so you will need to follow our normal care instructions as well as learn a little more about carbon steel care too.

Our Verdict

A well made and finished range, the Shirahama is a great choice for someone who is looking for a carbon steel that's easy to work with and maintain without too much worry. It's well enough finished out of the box and boasts a good edge although there's plenty of scope to really get that edge screaming sharp on a polishing stone with minimal effort if you wish.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 176mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 314mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.71mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 46.1mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 131 grams
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • 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-021

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.

Protection & care for this knife

Blacksmith Profile


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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