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                            Hattori Forums High End Chefs Knives


  

  After years of the collaborative work with the KnifeForums "In the Kitchen" members and the premier knifemaker, Mr.Ichiro Hattori, we are proud to release our first JCK Original, FH Series Hattori / Forums high end Chef's knives.

 

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  This was the project to design the most practical Kitchen knives by the knife enthusiasts for the knife enthusiasts, and we all got together to brainstorm the best sizes, shapes, balances etc for each knife. We have then finally determined 15 models of the most essential knife designs, and chosen Mr. Ichiro Hattori to make these knives to ensure the world's finest quality.

 

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   However, it was difficult for Hattori to make 15 different models at one time, due to his limited capacity for the highest quality hand made knives, so we have decided to go first with the popular 8 models. For the blade steel, we have selected VG-10 Cobalt steel for the regular line and Cowry X powdered steel for the upgrade line. We will introduce Cowry X upgrade versions later.

 

  For the handle material, the Black Linen Micarta was chosen for durability with solid stainless steel bolster and rivets. Each handle is hand contoured to fit your hand comfortably, and the full tang is tapered down for the perfect weight balance.

 Handle Pic from the side
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 Handle pic from the bottom (Tapered tang for weight balance)
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 Handle Pic from the top
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   With these specifications, Mr. Hattori came up with the hand made prototypes in February, 2006, and we have sent these protos to the Forums members for testing. According to the feedbacks of the testing results, some final modifications and improvements have been made, and the production has been arranged with Hattori.

   These knives were produced in very small batches to ensure a high level of quality and performance. Every detail in design and manufacture has been taken into consideration from the special heat treat process, to the hand shaped Micarta handle and to the balance, ergonomics and profile of each knife.

   After long waiting for over a year, Hattori has finally completed first 20Pcs. each of the 8 models in May, 2007, and shipped out these knives to the Forums members who were involved with this development. The reactions were terrific!! We have received many thanks letters saying these are the best knives they ever had.

   Now, we got the second batch from Hattori, and are pleased to bring these fine knives available for sales to the JCK customers. It is assured that you will find these knives to be the finest semi-custom chef knives available today.

   Again, many thanks to the KnifeForums members and Mr.Hattori for their collabortive effort, and also to the valued JCK customers for their continued support to make it possible to create this finest JCK Original products.

                                                                                                                   Koki & Jemmy Iwahara

 

 

Special thanks to the Knifeforums member, Bob Worthington for his excellent leadership and effort as a mediator.

  Here is his story how this big project has started two yeas ago.

     HAPPY CUTTING!! written by KnifeForums member Bob Worthington

 

    Each knife comes with handsome presentation box. With Deep Marine Blue silk interior enhances this high end knife, and can be displayed on your kitchen table in open position, when not in use.

 UP!! Factory Report !!
    
When I visited Hattori to pick up some Hattori-Forum Santoku knives, Mr. Ichiro Hattori was working on hand contouring Forums Cleaver knife handles, so I took some pictures at work.



    He told me this is one of the most time consuming process in the Forums production. He pays special attentions to grind each side symmetrically. Each time he grinds a little by little with different sizes and angles wheels, he holds it and grinds repeatedly to ensure the most comfortable grip.


   While watching this long process, I felt his insistence to every detail and realized this is why his knife differs from others and the production is very limited with longer leadtime.


   His same insistence goes to the blade finishing too. He showed me 3 different grits buffing belts which he uses to finish the blade surface (he called it "Shira-Togi" finish).
 



    This is only a few steps I saw in hundreds of the manufacturing steps to complete and deliver your Forums knives. When I had more chance to see other steps in future, I will report it's exciting moment again.

UP!!    Hattori Forums FH Series Special Editions     

         Cocobolo wood Handle version & Ebony wood handle version
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Cocobolo Wood Handle Version

Ebony Wood Handle Version


  We have worked with Hattori to produce natural wood handle version which makes different taste from the first models (First models " Linen Micarta Handle Version" has extra durability, water resistance, secured grip and unique layered pattern). 

  With Hattori's advice, we have selected Cocobolo wood and Ebony wood.
  The Cocobolo wood has a light brown color with unique & beautiful natural woodgrain textures. The African Ebony wood has an elegant look of dark & simple textures.  Hattori's fine custom hand working process can be seen on its well hand contoured and perfect shaped handle.

  Mr. Hattori believes that the comfortable and well balanced handles are as important as the good blades, so he pays a special attention to the details of not only for the outside looks, but also for the durability against crack and shrinkage that may happen in a long range of use on these natural materials. Before assembling and shaping the handle slabs, each selected wooden block is stabilized in the boiled wax for 3 hours, and then cut into two pieces for matching woodgrain patterns for both sides. In fact, when I first saw and gripped it in my hand, I felt something warmness and comfortable sense of touch with this hand shaped natural wood handle.

  Now you can select your favorite handle version from 3 kinds of handle (Linen Micarta Handle or Cocobolo Wood Handle or Ebonywood Handle) through the Shopping Cart.
                                                  
 
 Edge Shape                     Information For LeftHander

                    

                    Double Bevel Edge 50/50                         

FH-5 Boning Knie  160mm has Single Bevel Edge Blade, designed for only right hander's use

All models (Except FH-5 Boning Knife 160mm)are suitable  for both Right hander and Left hander's use 



About Knife Dimensions (the part we measure for the knife)

FH-1 Parer 70mm, FH-2 Petty 120mm, FH-3 Petty 150mm 

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Ebony Wood Handle(Above in picture)"
FH-1 Parer 70mm (Linen Micarta Handle)


FH-1

Parer 70mm
(2.7 inch)

Cutting edge length: 70mm Total Length: 185mm  Blade Thickness: 1.5mm Blade Width: 20mm
Handle Length:110mm
Total Weight: 58g

 

  Retail $192.00

 Special Price  $136.00

 
Available Now
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FH-3 Petty 150mm "

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Ebony Wood Handle(Above in picture)"

FH-2

Petty 120mm
(4.7 inch)

Cutting edge length: 120mm Total Length: 235mm  Blade Thickness: 1.5mm
Blade Width: 22mm
Handle Length: 110mm
Total Weight: 62g
 

 Retail $201.00

 Special Price  $141.00

 Available Now
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FH-3

Petty 150mm
(5.9 inch)

Cutting edge length: 150mm Total Length: 265mm  Blade Thickness: 1.5mm
Blade Width: 27mm
Handle Length: 110mm
Total Weight: 72g

 

 Retail $204.00

 Special Price  $144.00

 

Available Now
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FH-4 Santoku 170mm

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Ebony Wood Handle(Above in picture)"

FH-4

Santoku 170mm
(7 inch)

Cutting edge length: 170mm Total Length: 300mm  Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 165g

 

 Retail $308.00

 Special Price  $221.00

 

Available Now
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FH-5 Boning Knife 160mm (Single Bevel Edge)

  "Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Cocobolo Wood Handle(Above in picture)"

  FH-5

Boning Knife 160mm
(6.2 inch)

Cutting edge length: 160mm Total Length: 290mm  Blade Thickness: 2.5mm Blade Width: 42mm
Handle Length:120mm
Total Weight: 177g

 

 Retail $325.00

 Special Price  $230.00

 

 


 Available Now
Handle
FH-7 Gyuto 240mm

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Cocobolo Wood Handle(Above in picture)"

FH-6

Gyuto 210mm
(8.2 inch)
 

Cutting edge length: 210mm Total Length: 335mm  Blade Thickness: 2mm Blade Width: 44mm
Handle Length:120mm
Total Weight: 170g

 

 Retail $315.00

  Special Price  $227.00

 

Available Now
Handle

FH-7

Gyuto 240mm
(9.4 inch)
 

Cutting edge length: 240mm Total Length: 380mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 48mm
Handle Length:130mm
Total Weight: 236g
 

   

 Retail $355.00

  Special Price  $255.00

 

 Available Now
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FH-8

Gyuto 270mm
(10.5 inch)

Cutting edge length: 270mm Total Length: 410mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 52mm
Handle Length:130mm
Total Weight: 254g
 

 

 

 Retail $379.00

   Special Price  $272.00       

 

 

Available Now 
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FH-9 Wa Gyuto 270mm

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FH9

Wa Gyuto 270mm
(10.5 inch)

Cutting edge length: 270mm Total Length: 430mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 52mm
Handle Length: 150mm
Total Weight: 178g

 

 Retail $379.00

 Special Price  $280.00

 
Available Now

Comes with Magnolia Wooden Saya 

     

FH-10 Western Deba 165mm, FH-11 Western Deba 240mm  

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Cocobolo Wood Handle(Above in picture)"

FH-10

Western Deba 
165mm
(6.4 inch)

Cutting edge length: 165mm Total Length: 295mm  Blade Thickness: 4mm
Blade Width: 48mm
Handle Length:130mm
Total Weight: 292g

  Retail $390.00

 Special Price  $283.00

Available Now 
Handle
FH-11

Western Deba 
240mm
(9.4 inch)

Cutting edge length: 240mm Total Length: 380mm  Blade Thickness: 4mm
Blade Width: 55mm
Handle Length:130mm
Total Weight: 398g

 

 Retail $480.00

Special Price  $344.00

 

 Available Now
Handle
 FH-12 Sujihiki 230mm, FH-13 Sujihiki 270mm, FH-13 Sujihiki 300mm 

"Linen Micata Handle (Below in picture)", "Ebony Wood Handle (Middle in picture)", "Cocobolo Wood Handle (Above in picture)"
FH-13 Sujihiki 270mm (Linen Micarta Handle)

FH-12

Sujihiki230mm
(9 inch)
 

Cutting edge length: 230mm Total Length: 355mm  Blade Thickness: 2mm Blade Width: 34mm
Handle Length:120mm
Total Weight: 159g

Retail $313.00

Special Price  $221.00

Available Now
Handle

 FH-13

Sujihiki 270mm
(10.5 inch)
 

Cutting edge length: 270mm Total Length: 395mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 40mm
Handle Length:120mm
Total Weight: 191g
 

 Retail $328.00

Special Price  $235.00

 Available Now
Handle

FH-14

Sujihiki 300mm
(11.8 inch)

Cutting edge length: 300mm Total Length: 430mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 41mm
Handle Length:120mm
Total Weight: 210g

Retail $355.00

Special Price  $252.00 

 Available Now
Handle
 FH-15 Chinese Cleaver (Linen Micarta Handle)
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 FH15S
 Chinese Cleaver
(7.8 inch)
Cutting edge length: 200mm Total Length: 330mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 108mm
Handle Length: 130mm
Total Weight: 490g
  
 

Special Price  $350.00

 
Linen Micarta Handle Version is Available Now

 

FH-15

Chinese Cleaver
(8.4 inch)

Cutting edge length: 215mm Total Length: 350mm  Blade Thickness: 2.4mm Blade Width: 108mm
Handle Length: 130mm
Total Weight: 522g
   

 

 Retail $558.00

Special Price  $390.00

 

Available Now
Handle
 
 

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