Mutsumi Hinoura Blue #2 Migaki Santoku

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A stunning santoku from Mutsumi san, this will be a firm favourite in your collection in no time!

First Impressions

The blue #2 is are some of Mutsumi san's most in demand knives and they're stunning. Right out of the box, the edge is excellent as you'd expect and the migaki finish across the blade and subtle rounding of the heel and spine just ooze class.


Refined is perpahs the best word here. The migaki finish is subtle, the large kanji stand out a mile and the beautiful burnt chestnut and black buffalo oval handle just work together. 

The knives in this collection are subtle at a distance but up close, the quality of the finish is top notch, in keeping with Mutsumi san's high reputation.

In Hand

The oval handle with the subtle texture and smoothly finished blade around the heel and spine are a joy to hold. They're well balanced and at the heel they're quite thick and taper a little where you'd pinch grip but then retain a fairly consistent width before tapering quickly at the tip.


The Blue #2 steel clad in stainless is a common and popular combination with many blacksmiths and workshops for its robustness and hardness creating a quality edge that will retain it's sharpness well and is easy to sharpen.

Ease of Care

It's a carbon steel so just follow our carbon steel care tips and store it properly and this is a knife that's designed to last and be used for a lifetime.

We do recommend regular honing with a ceramic rod and applying some camellia oil to the blade from time to time to help protect the blade.

Our Verdict

We're always excited to see knives like these because they're made in small quantities and availability is often limited. 

Mutusmi san has released a selection of excellent quality blades in this collection and for the Japanese knife enthusasts among you, this is a collection that will no doubt be on your shortlists because it's a quality steel, fit and finish and made by Japan's best regarded blacksmiths. 

If they're in stock, don't wait too long! We don't know when they might be available again.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 184mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 329mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 46.2mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.25mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 167 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Oval burnt chestnut with black buffalo ferrule
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 12002

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 a santoku sized blade guard for this knife due to the thickness of the spine, no wooden saya are currently available.

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Meet the maker

Mutsumi Hinoura

Mutsumi Hinoura is a 4th generation blacksmith working with his famous father Tsukasa in the family workshop and is well regarded and respected for his own skill and style and the quality of his knives which are forged by hand using traditional techniques using his considerable experience gained over more than 20 years

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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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