Hayabusa Santoku HAP-40 Damascus 180mm (7.1")
Hayabusa Santoku HAP-40 Damascus 180mm is a multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suited for preparing meat, fish and vegetables. It’s a nonconformist piece that just screams futurism. Featuring a classic western style handle and a brazen look, it’s quite a unique knife. The wavy damascus curves on the blade are sharp and steep, reminiscent of high-frequency waves and synchronous with up-and-down chopping motions.
Made from HAP-40 steel, which is one of the most technologically advanced steels renowned for its extreme hardness, excellent sharpness and edge retention it provides to the knives. If you’re not a fan of sharpening your knives, this one is for you, as you really won’t have to do it often.
Fun fact: Hayabusa santoku shares its name with the peregrine falcon (ハヤブサ), the fastest member of the animal kingdom. This knife may not reach speeds upwards of 350 km/h, but chopping with it will feel just as fast.
The Japanese word Santoku roughly translates to “knife of three virtues” and may refer to the wide variety of ingredients that the knife can handle: meat, fish and vegetables, or to the tasks it can perform: slicing, chopping and dicing - the emphasis being on the number 3 (San).
Its distinguishing shape makes santoku easy to identify: the cutting edge is fairly straight (giving santoku a limited rocking motion), while the spine of the blade curves towards the tip continuously at an approximately 60-degree angle, making it resemble a sheep's foot.
This knife’s hard core is made of a somewhat exotic and currently one of the most mysterious and attractive steels produced in Japan (at least as far as kitchen knives are concerned): Hitachi’s HAP-40 steel that fits into the category of modern and technologically advanced steels. HAP-40 is fine-grained enough to sharpen very well, and knives from this steel keep their sharpness 3-5 times longer than traditional knives. An interesting fact is that, considering it is a powder steel, it has an extremely small content of chromium (around 4%) and can react as a high-carbon steel in specific circumstances.
The core layer consisting of the hard HAP-40 steel was sandwiched between two sheets of softer damascus pattern steel. This technique is called san-mai and is used to protect the hard (but delicate) core from outside factors and physical impacts, which could lead to breakage.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.
The blade has a unique damascus finish with sharp and steep curves that give the knife a futuristic appearance. The clad line is interesting as well, with consistent curves that aren’t frequently seen on Japanese knives.
Classic western (Yo) style handle made from black micarta.
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: HAP-40
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / damascus
Hardness (HRC scale): 66-67
Overall length: 295mm (11.6")
Blade length: 180mm (7.1")
Blade height: 46mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2.2mm (0.09")
Weight: 180g (6.3 oz)
Handle length: 113mm (4.4")
Handle type / wood: Western / Micarta
Kanji on the blade:
Location of the smithy: SEKI / Gifu Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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