Hado Sumi Shirogami #2 Gyuto 240mm Burnt Oak
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.
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.
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.
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