Yoshida Hamono HAP40 Gyuto 210mm

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Spectacular hardness and edge retention, this mid sized gyuto is going to make short work of your all your food prep.

This model is fitted with a stunning "Tottori Sands" maple burl handle designed and made by Oster Rob in Slovenia inspired by Japan's largest sand dunes.

First Impressions

Much like the ZDP-189 range from Yoshida Hamono, the out of the box sharpness of the HAP40 is excellent and these are unquestionably some of the sharpest knives we've tested.


If you're looking for a classic Japanese knife, the kurouchi finished blade and traditional wa shaped handle is a great combination and shows the style and design that's been used for generations.

This range is available with a standard magnolia handle or an Oster Rob special edition "Tottori sand" maple burl handle. Please note the Tottori handles are all individually made and patterns may vary.

In Hand

The HAP40 range is comfortable across the various knife styles and sizes with a balance typically around the middle of the kanji on the longer knives and just towards the bottom of the kanji on the shorter ones which makes them easy to hold when using a pinch grip and nimble in hand.


Made by Hitachi Metals Limited, HAP40 is a steel that is well regarded for its hardness and the treatment of this range is around 67-68 HRC so edge retention is excellent and these are durable knives when looked after correctly.

The exceptional durability and edge retention is the big feature of this range.

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

We've been big fans of the ZDP-189 from Yoshida Hamono, the finish and sharpness out of the box is exceptional and when you pair it with the incredible level of hardness you get a knife that keeps it edge for a very long time. 

The HAP40 fits in a nice spot in that it's a bit easier to sharpen than the ZDP-189 steel and so gives you the similar high level of performance but makes it a little more accessible in terms of sharpening convenience.

It's the same profile and shape with the same great finishing edge but an easier to work with steel!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 209mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 345mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 45mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.18mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 181 grams
  • Core Steel: HAP40
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 67-68 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal magnolia with black buffalo horn or "Tottori Sand" maple burl
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 2264

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 gyuto sized blade guard for this knife.

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Meet the maker

Yoshida Hamono

Yoshida Hamono is a family-owned Japanese company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords (katanas) by hand.

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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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