Manaka Hamono ATS-34 Gyuto 170mm

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Excuisite looks and very limited availablilty the ATS-34 is entirely hand forged and finished by Kisuke Hamono.

First Impressions

The ATS-34 is a significant knife, it's an uncommon steel to use in kitchen knives but Kisuke Manaka has forge welded these stunning knives entirely by hand to be a thick and well finished collection that boasts incredible looks and durability.

Beauty

We're going to go out on a limb here and say that the ATS34 is either a knife that will be love at first sight or absolutely not for you. 

The hammer finish is lovely, it's got a lot of depth and the heavy duty integrated bolster is nicely finished but still very clearly handmade and retains that connection with the blacksmith that you'd want and expect from a fully hand forged knife.

However, they are chunky, bold knives throughout the range and that's not for everyone.

In Hand

If you're looking for a thicker, heavier feel to your knife then you're in luck here. The petty are actually quite short (in height) and nimble but the larger gyuto in the range definitely have that more significant feel of heft in hand which is largely due to the Western handle and integrated bolster. 

The balance however is excellent and the reasonably tall and thicker gyutos offset that additional handle weight nicely and so create a knife that's still nimble and comfortable to use.

Durability

ATS-34 (from Hitachi Metals Yasuki Steel) has a high carbon content (over 1%) and around 14% chromium which makes it effectively a stainless steel although in reality it may develop a very minor patina over time.

It's not commonly used in kitchen knives it is an excellent choice because it's durable, robust and has excellent edge retention properties.

Ease of Care

ATS34 is widely used in outdoor knives because it's incredibly robust and easy to sharpen so it's easy to care for if you just follow our normal care instructions.

Our Verdict

Certainly a considered purchase and definitely one for fans of Manaka Hamono knives, we seldom see knives like this and while the price is high you're investing in the process and skill of Kisuke Manaka who has learnt the skills to make and finish these knives entirely by hand and this is both difficult and time consuming. 

We've not seen many of this Western handled version before and once they're gone who knows how long it might be before we see more!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 174mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 293mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.08mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47.8mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 219 grams
  • Core Steel: ATS-34
  • 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: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Full tang black pakka wood with steel rivets and integrated bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: MAN-0003

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.

Blacksmith Profile

Kisuke Manaka

Born in 1982, Kisuke is the 5th generation blacksmith of the Manaka workshop and despite his relatively young age has absorbed the skill and experience of his teachers and learnt many of the difficult to master skills of forge welding and knife making very quickly.

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