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Hado Sumi Shirogami #2 Gyuto 210mm Burnt Oak

by Hado
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Original price $390.00 - Original price $390.00
Original price
$390.00 - $390.00
Current price $390.00

The Japanese word Gyuto (牛刀) literally translates to beef sword. The gyuto is the equivalent of the Western chef's knife, and is designed to cut everything: vegetables, meats and fishes. It is made to be used with the push-cut method, lifting the blade between each cutting motion, or with the rocking motion method. It is important that the blade is straight upon impact with the cutting board to avoid damage to the knife edge.

In Japanese, the kanji forming the word Hado (刃道) represent "the road of blades". Another Japanese word, also pronounced "Hado", means "moving wave". These two definitions speak volumes about the philosophy behind the Hado project from Fukui Co & Ltd, a highly reputable Japanese knife sales company with a 109-year history. 

Hado is Fukui Co & Ltd's first "in-house" series! The project stands out mainly for its daring departure from the beaten track. Indeed, it all began when Tadataka Maruyama, who was in charge of sales and warehouse management at the company, went to see President Ryuichiro Fukui to tell him that he wanted to leave his position in order to learn the art of "hatsuke" (blade grinding). President Fukui saw in Maruyama a burning desire and seized an opportunity. This is where the story gets interesting: the president agreed that Murayama would leave his position at Fukui Co & Ltd to learn blade grinding, on condition that Murayama would return to the company three years later and become the company's senior grinder. He accepted the offer, and during those three years he was paid a salary and the company prepared a workshop with the best possible equipment. Afterwards, this workshop awaited only the return of the new grinder Maruyama was to become. So, add up the president's vision, mutual trust, passion and, above all, a huge amount of work, and you get Hado: a small wave in motion with far-reaching repercussions. 

Since Fukui had very good contacts in the field, Maruyama learned directly from the great masters, notably Syotaro Nomura and Masaaki Nakamura. Normally, it's said that it takes at least ten years to master blade grinding, and that it also takes several years of observation before you can touch the blades. Since Maruyama was able to start straight away and, after his first three years of apprenticeship, a new workshop in which to hone his mastery of "hatsuke" was waiting for him, he quickly achieved a satisfactory and respected mastery in Sakai. Indeed, even Yoshikazu Tanaka, one of Japan's most renowned master blacksmiths, agreed to collaborate with Fukui Co & Ltd and Tadataka Maruyama on two of Hado's flagship series.

Hado's Sumi series is forged from Shirogami 2(number 2 white steel) by Master Blacksmith Yoshikazu Tanaka and honed by Tadataka Maruyama of Fukui Co & Ltd. Covered with oxidizable soft iron steel and sporting a beautiful kurouchi finish, the Sumi series will appeal to the more traditionalist among us who can appreciate the aspects of a full carbon blade. Built with a higher blade height, the Sumi series stands out from other Hado series. Coupled with Tadataka's concave grinding that gives a very thin edge, these blades can be described as laser-like. We recommend this series to professional cooks who have experience with full carbon blades, to traditional japanese knife enthusiasts and to anyone who is ready to make the leap into the world of carbon knives.    

Tips for best results

Make sure your knife will deliver its absolute best by having it professionally sharpened at least once a year. Please note that our meticulously handcrafted Japanese knives are – unless otherwise noted – carbon steel and not stainless steel. To prevent rust, make sure the blades are patted dry – especially when cutting acidic items. Never cut frozen foods, hard products, bone, or twist the blade when using. Never soak in water after use or put in the dishwasher. After use, store in a cool, dry place and avoid high temperature fluctuations. 

Our commitment to you – our customers

Every knife we carry has a lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects and errors. For example, if the handle becomes detached or cracks appear after a few weeks of proper use. Or if there are any blade cracks from the edge to the spine. While such defects are indeed rare, they can occur. In such cases, we will exchange the knife in question or give you a refund. Each warranty case is different depending on the criteria, and we reserve the right in each and every case to evaluate the applicability of our lifetime warranty in the event of any manufacturing defects and errors.

After-Sales service

Do you get the feeling that your knife just can’t “cut it”?

Each knife we carry is supplied with a so-called “factory edge”. Our chef knife range comprises more than 200 different products. While all our handcrafted Japanese knives ship with a “factory edge”, ultimate blade sharpness can vary. If you feel that your knife’s blade edge is not performing to its full potential, feel free to contact us and we will provide you with professional sharpening for free!

Oops! What about the truly Unthinkable?

Was it just through a slight slip of the hand that your knife accidentally fell on the floor and damaged its tip and blade, or it was used to cut a hard, frozen product and chipped? Don’t despair, get in touch with us and we will solve the problem through our in-house, professional sharpening and repair service.

Simply contact us or visit our store to get a free estimate.

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Shirogami #2 with soft iron cladding

Steel type

Carbon steel (oxidizable)


Handle material

Burnt Oak





Chef knife

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Yoshikazu Tanaka


Tadataka Maruyama

What are the different types of Japanese knives?

What are the different types of Japanese knives?

Each Japanese knife is made with a specific purpose in mind. There are types of multi-purpose knives such as the Gyuto which is the equivalent of a chef's knife or the Santoku which translates into: three virtues, a name that well represents its multiplicity. The Sujihiki and the Yanagiba are made for slicing while the Nakiri and the Usuba are specialized for cutting vegetables. Without forgetting the Petty for precision tasks. The list goes on and the possibilities are diverse.

Why buy a Japanese knife?

Why buy a Japanese knife?

Japanese blades are lighter, very balanced, higher hardness, sharper and retain their sharpness longer. This allows the user greater control of his work tool and a clean cut to alter the texture and flavor of the food as little as possible.