Kurosaki HAP40

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Kurosaki HAP40

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Well here’s something interesting. No bling.

https://www.chefknivestogo.com/kuhagy21.html
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Leapt out at me too. Lot of belly, but some nice flat as well. And that tip.

Tempting...
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Very cool. I saw something on IG, and wondered where it was going. The profile isn’t quite right for me
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Re: Kurosaki HAP40

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Once I saw the bunka pop up it was just a matter thinking about it for a couple hours. It seems to be almost exactly what I was looking for and I just ordered it. The bunka looks, from the photos and specs, to be comparable to Shiba's R2 Kotetsu. A bit shorter, less height, but 3.8 oz at 172 mm with 1.7 mm at the heel seemed like the small laser bunka I want to add to my collection. Something my wife will like at home, and something I can take on the road and use camping on my smaller boards. Obviously it's going to be delicate for use in the field, I'll have to be careful, but for prep for one or two, yeah, it should be great. And I've got nothing even semi-stainless yet, so I'm really looking forward to experiencing HAP-40, especially in this maker's hands.
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Re: Kurosaki HAP40

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I noticed a similarity in the Gihei Hap40 210, maybe the hap 40 blanks are all the same, they are both 40mm tall and within 1mm length. For me this is just a bit too short.
Gihei 210 Hap 40
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/gihagy211.html
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Re: Kurosaki HAP40

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Bob Z wrote: Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:26 am I noticed a similarity in the Gihei Hap40 210, maybe the hap 40 blanks are all the same, they are both 40mm tall and within 1mm length. For me this is just a bit too short.
Gihei 210 Hap 40
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/gihagy211.html
Im with you in that they all seem a bit short in height. I’d expect the kurosaki super thin behind the edge grind. The 210 fits into that sort of suji/petty/gyuto which depending on what your looking for could be sweet. Kurosaki knives typically have so much aesthetically going on it’s weird there’s no hammering going on.
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Re: Kurosaki HAP40

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Yeah that would be a little low for me too.

The bunka on the other hand, which I received yesterday and spent an hour's prep with, is close to ideal. I get the same numbers as Mark: height at the heel is just short of 46mm for 172mm of blade length. 1.75 at the spine, and as you would expect from Kurosaki-san the grind starts almost immediately, and gets down to one millimeter an inch above the edge. Whisper thin behind the edge. No distal taper to speak of, of course, and a tip almost identical to a Shibata. I cut big carrots side-by-side, Shibata AS 240 and this new bunka, and controlling for significantly less leverage in the bunka the feel through product was very similar, hard to call a winner.

It's not going to take any prizes in the food release department but through onions, celery, mushrooms asparagus, strawberries-- just extremely satisfying and fun.

I'm a teacher with the summer off and I'm going to travel and camp and visit the whole 9 weeks and this is going to be the one J knife I bring.
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Re: Kurosaki HAP40

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Just saw on IG that Kurosaki-san is working on a new batch of HAP40 for November.
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