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Haruyuki Soba

These knives are the perfect gateway into Japanese knives and make a perfect gift. They look great, have a familiar feel because of the western style handle and the performance of the steel will blow you away. They feel rugged, yet agile and will make you a better cook!

These are forged out of ZA18, a stainless steel that is harder than your average kitchen knife but not quite as hard some of the carbon and high-tech steels of Japan. In normal speak, it will keep an incredible edge for a long time but is more durable than some higher-end knives. As you get used to using one of these knives, you will find that the fine edge requires less force when cutting. Using less force translates into better edge retention over time. The handle is made from Pakkawood, a durable material made of wood that has been heat treated with resin. It looks like wood but is way more durable. The edge has been sharpened by hand with a Western style 50/50 bevel making it suitable for for most any kitchen task.

The kanji on the knife blade “春幸” means “Haruyuki”.


Steel Type ZA18 Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Cladding
Rockwell Hardness 60–62
Brand Haruyuki
Handle Western Handle - Pakkawood with Metal Bolster