Introducting the Hatsukokoro Ginga ATS-34 line: an excellent steel forged by a highly talented young smith.
The ATS-34 steel, manufacturerd by Hitachi Special Steel, is the Japanese equivalent of the 154CM, famous for its toughness, corrosion-resistance and "high-speed" properties. Bob Loveless brought the ATS-34 into fame in the 70s.
In recent years, the creation of the ATS-34 sanmai billets enabled the ATS-34 steel to appear in kitchen knife making. Notably introduced by RyuSen around 2015-2016.
Hatsukorko, teamed up with Yohsihiro Yauji, one of the youngest Dentokogeshi (Traditional Craftsmen) in Takefu Knife Village, to create this beautiful line of knives that are extremely nimble yet tough enough to deal with every occasion in the kitchen.
The octagonal Black Chacate handle is dense, similar to ebony while showing some very attractive wood grain.
|Tip to Heel Length
|Blade Height at Heel
|Width of Spine Above Heel
|Width of Spine at Middle of Blade
|Width of Spine at about 1 cm from tip
Steel type: ATS-34 core with stainless damascus clad
Hardness (HRC): 60-61
Handle Design: Black Chacate Handle
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