Hatogiya Meimu Knife | A Perfectly Sharpened Damascus Knife

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Bringing the years of experience as being a chef together with the experience of handling knives for sharpening, we have created the Hatogiya Damascus Knife! We want to bring this amazing luxury blade to the rest of the world and so we are looking to Japankuru Funding to help reach this wider audience! We will launch in March, so keep an eye for the project!

Hatogiya
Hatogiya

2021.2.25

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Bringing the years of experience as being a chef together with the experience of handling knives for sharpening, we have created the Hatogiya Damascus Knife! We want to bring this amazing luxury blade to the rest of the world and so we are looking to Japankuru Funding to help reach this wider audience! We will launch in March, so keep an eye for the project!

Hatogiya
Hatogiya

2021.2.25




A Chef’s knife for any situation with a 210mm length blade

Cuts meat, fish, and veggies with ease 


 A master sharpener sharpens all the blades by hand one by one.

A Symmetrical Blade, The Double-Edged Knife

Many knives are sharpened with a preference to one side with it being 9:1 / 8:2 / 7:3 that often bends at an angle. 

HATOGIYA Nameless Blade is perfectly symmetrical with a balanced 5:5 edge. 



The reason for this is to make the knife easier to use for both left or right handed people.

Many knives are sharpened with right handed people in mind, with the right side of the knife being sharper. This leaves only 10-20% of knives being sharpened on the left side.

But this means that if the manufacturer doesn’t sharpen the blade correctly, you will get a diagonal cut in the food instead of a straight cut. 


This knife is symmetrically sharpened, with a gentle but slim edge. With this shape, it means that the knife slices cleanly and easily through the food, giving the user a satisfied feeling when cutting. 

Even when cutting harder root vegetables, you don’t need to worry about chipping, and you can use the Hatogiya Nameless Blade for years to come. 


Created using a core of high class stainless steel

The core of the Hatogiya Nameless Blade is made from a high class, highly efficient VG10 Stainless Steel produced by Takefu Special Steel. 

This VG10 is well known in the knife and blade industry, as being extremely high class and is a popular type of steel. As well this, because it is stainless steel, it doesn’t rust easily. 

An Outstanding Cutting Ability, An Enduring Hardness

❶Compared with other highly rated hard steels, it is hard to chip.

❷On the same level as other high class steel blades in terms of cutting ability

❸VG10 is easy to sharpen, a standout point when looking at other general iron based alloys which are hard but difficult to sharpen


After working as a chef for 10 year, I changed professions, and undertook the job of Sharpener of Blades and Metal Polisher, and I launched Hatogiya (Japanese Sharpening Store)  


I specialise in bringing back knives back to life, helping their owners to use their beloved knives for longer.  You can check out some of the projects that I've undertook bringing back both shine and edge to many various types of blades and tools! Posts are in Japanese but I think you can understand what we do just through the pictures we post! 

 The Hatogiya Nameless Blade is made in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture. It is a well known swordsmith town, a holy site known for being the starting area for many legendary smiths. It is here that I have placed my faith in makers in the area to make the knife, and then I finish it with my own hands, bringing the blade and its edge to completion. 



The process of finishing the edge of the blade is done one by one, by hand using whetstones.

It is commonplace for western blade manufacturers to do so using a file however I use high quality natural whetstones.

What sets the HATOGIYA method of sharpening apart from many others is that for each blade I sharpen, I look to sharpen on a micro scale one by one, to the point that you might not even be able to see with the naked eye.

(Zoomed to 500x )←A new knife sold by other makers/The HATOGIYA Nameless Blade(銘無)→

As there are burrs still left on the knife, it isn’t as smooth to cut through, so using 60000 diamond grit razor strop, I bring the knife to completion removing the burrs, and creating a clean cutting edge. 

As the blade has a mirror finish, it might be hard to see the damascus finish at certain angles.


Full Length: 350mm

Length of the Blade:210mm

Weight: 160g

Blade: 33 layered Damascus Steel with a VG10 Core

Handle: Compressed Laminated Wood with a black polish finish

Box: Black Rigid Cardboard with Red Interior



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Risks and challenges

■During the crowdfunding campaign as well as the production period, the design or materials used may change. ■The knife is sharpened and polished by hand, as well as the steel is folded creating a unique pattern to each blade. This means that the blade shown in the page will be different to what you receive. ■The shipping of the knife may be delayed due to several factors. This may be due to the coronavirus affecting supplies of steel as well as how many items need to be produced.

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After working as a chef for 10 Years, Masayuki Harada opened Hatogiya, a knife sharpening speciality store, that shows and teaches people to revive old knives and bring them back to normal usage. While running the shop, he found that everyone prefers a different level of sharpness. Masayuki Harada also gives professional advice on how to cut and slice with a kitchen knife to customers as well as preparing them with knowledge of different types of knives.

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Pledge ¥19,500 or more Super Early Bird | Hatogiya Meimu Knife

Get this JKF Exclusive amazingly sharpened made in Japan Damascus Steel Knife at 22% off! The Hatogiya Meimu Knife is a brilliantly durable knife that has been sharpened to perfection by a master sharpener. INCLUDES: Hatogiya Meimu Knife

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Get this JKF Exclusive amazingly sharpened made in Japan Damascus Steel Knife at 15% off! The Hatogiya Meimu Knife is a brilliantly durable knife that has been sharpened to perfection by a master sharpener. INCLUDES: Hatogiya Meimu Knife

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Get this JKF Exclusive amazingly sharpened made in Japan Damascus Steel Knife at 5% off! The Hatogiya Meimu Knife is a brilliantly durable knife that has been sharpened to perfection by a master sharpener. INCLUDES: Hatogiya Meimu Knife

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Get two JKF Exclusive amazingly sharpened made in Japan Damascus Steel Knife at 30% off! The Hatogiya Meimu Knife is a brilliantly durable knife that has been sharpened to perfection by a master sharpener. INCLUDES: Hatogiya Meimu Knife

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