Hatsukokoro is a wholesaler based out of Amagasaki, Japan. They work with different blacksmiths, knife sharpeners, and kitchen supply companies from across Japan. Their emphasis on collaborative knife projects makes them a very exciting company to work with.
For this line of traditional single bevel knives they have called upon Toru Tomura to forge the blades and Myojin Riki Seisakusho to grind, sharpen and finish them. The fit and finish on these knives is top notch, with beautifully done bevels, and perfect kasumi finishes.
Myojin Riki Seisakusho is a family owned and operated business based out of Kochi, Japan. These knives are forged with Hitachi Shirogami #2, an awesome knife steel to work with for its ease of sharpening and excellent cutting prowess.
These knives come fixed to an octagonal wenge handle. We love this shape of handle for it's simplistic beauty and lightweight feel.