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Hinokuni kurouchi shirogami#1 chuka bocho 180mm

Hinokuni kurouchi shirogami#1 chuka bocho 180mm

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The Hinokuni kurouchi shirogami #1 chuka bocho, expertly handcrafted by Yukihiro Sakai is a specialized Japanese-style cleaver designed for a variety of kitchen tasks. The core of the knife is made from shirogami #1 steel, renowned for its ability to achieve an exceptionally sharp edge, thanks to its high carbon content and purity. This type of steel also allows for easier resharpening. The knife features a kurouchi finish, which not only gives it a traditional, rustic look but also acts as a protective layer for the steel.

The chuka bocho, or Chinese cleaver, is designed with versatility in mind, capable of handling everything from chopping vegetables and slicing meat to mincing herbs and crushing garlic. Its broad blade can also be used to scoop ingredients off the cutting board. Despite its robust appearance, the chuka bocho is not intended for chopping through bones but excels in precision tasks requiring a sharp and durable edge. This Hinokuni model offers a substantial feel, indicative of its handforged craftsmanship, making it a durable and efficient tool for both home cooks and professional chefs looking for high performance without the high cost.

❖ Yukihiro Sakai apprenticed under Nishida-san, a steadfast traditionalist who only forges and welds his steel in-house. Sakai-san owes everything to Nishida-san and carries on the knife-making tradition that were passed down to him by his sensei. After many years of apprenticeship, he opened his own workshop where he forge-welds everything in-house.

Brand: Hinokuni
Blacksmith: Yukihiro Sakai
Origin: Kumamoto, Japan

Knife type: chuka bocho ("Chinese cleaver")
Core steel: shirogami#1 / white#1
Steel type: carbon steel
Cladding: iron clad

Overall length: 320mm
Blade length (heel to tip): 181mm
Blade height at the heel: 65.1mm
Spine thickness:
at the handle: 3.9mm
at the heel: 3.7mm
midway: 2.1mm
1cm from the tip: 2.0mm
Weight: 271g

Edge/bevel: 50:50
Handle: octagonal oak
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Saya/ sheath: Not included

a. For the care and maintenance of Japanese knives, such as the Hinokuni kurouchi shirogami#1 chuka bocho knife, please refer to our care guide below.
b. Please be aware that slight measurement variations are typical in handcrafted Japanese kitchen knives.
c. Similarly, it's common for these handcrafted knives to have minor cosmetic variations, such as light surface marks or fine scuffs.


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Care Guide

  • Use a whetstone to maintain sharpness. Avoid electric sharpeners and pull-through sharpeners, as they are not suitable for Japanese kitchen knives. Honing rods, typically used for western-style knives, may potentially damage the edge.
  • Choose a wooden or rubber cutting board instead of bamboo or poly boards to preserve the knife's edge.
  • Keep the knife clean and dry, especially if it is made of carbon steel. Carbon knives are prone to rusting.
  • Avoid using the knife to cut through bones or frozen foods. It's best to use a separate knife specifically designed for these tasks.
  • When cutting, use a smooth and fluid motion, avoid twisting or torquing the blade. This technique helps maintain control and minimizes the risk of damage.
  • Never put Japanese kitchen knives in the dishwasher. Instead, hand wash them with mild soap, ensuring thorough cleaning, and then dry them completely before storing.

Shipping, Tax, Tracking

1. How long does shipping take?
We ship from Tokyo, Japan to different countries via DHL or EMS. Please find the estimated shipping times below:

US, Canada, Australia, Europe: 3-5 days
Middle East: 5-10 days
Asia: 2-5 days

For the Philippines:
Manila and nearby cities: 2-5 days
rest of Luzon: 5-7 days
Visayas/Mindanao: 10-12 days

Please note that actual delivery times may vary due to factors beyond our control.

2. Are taxes included in the price?
Please note that taxes are not included in the prices listed on our website. If you would like your order to be sent as a "gift" or if you have other requests, please let us know.

(Note: For customers in the Philippines, there are no import taxes regardless of the order value. You will only pay 112 PHP for the Presentation to Customs Charge (PTCC) fee.)

3. How can I track my order?
Once shipped, we'll send a tracking link via email.

4. Is it door-to-door delivery?
Yes, DHL and EMS provide convenient door-to-door delivery.

Return Policy

  • You can return products within 14 days of receiving them.
  • To be eligible for return, the product must be unused, in the same condition as when you received it, and in the original packaging.
  • You must provide a proof of purchase to complete your return.
  • Buyers are responsible for the cost of returning products.
  • Contact us at to arrange a return.

Please note:

  • Knives damaged due to misuse, improper care, poor technique, mistakes in use or sharpening, or any other type of damage resulting from user error are not eligible for return, exchange, or refund.


  • We will notify you by email once we receive and inspect your returned item.
  • If approved, a credit will be applied to your original method of payment within a certain amount of days.
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