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May 17, 2012 02:14 PM

Hattori kitchen knives

Does any one know if Hattori knives are currently sold in TO? If so where?

Thanks. I know Slice & Sear doesn't carry them.

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  1. I haven't seen any Hattori knives for sale in Toronto,good luck trying to find any KD series anywhere outside of Japan,unless it's a private sale and expect to pay big $$$.

    I know carries the HD series,They ship straight from Japan(I think)and I've heard nothing but good things about their service.You can always ask on Kitchen Knife Forums

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    1. re: petek

      Jck is great for Canadians, but yeah support the locals first they are both very nice and have competitive prices

      1. re: szw

        <Jck is great for Canadians, but yeah support the locals first>
        Agree 100%.Buy local if you can..I know for a fact that Slice&Sear imports knives directly from Japan so they might be willing to bring in a Hattori if your heart is set on one,if not I highly recommend the Konosuke HD or SS line that Tosho carries.

        1. re: petek

          kono hd are better than hattori hd by a wide margin, go check them out. Damascus is all show no go.

          if buying at jck, look into carbonext for a good value.

          I have a misono ux10 240mm gyuto that I'm trying to get rid of if western handles interest you more.

      2. re: petek

        JCK also carries (or will order for us I"m guessing) the KD line of Hattori knives. Which is a bit more than I want to spend at the moment...most KD knives are $350 USD and up I think.

        1. re: BDD888

          Here's a couple of threads from KKF about a member's journey to Japan on his quest for the elusive Hattori KD.

          1. re: BDD888

            you're not getting the kd line, the waiting list is long. Also it's pointless to have such an expensive knife as your first Japanese knife.

            jck is very reliable.

            1. re: aser

              They can be found..if you go to Japan and have gobs of $$$$ :-D

        2. Isn't that funny- just last night I was joking that I needed a Hattori Hanzo slicing knife- referencing Kill Bill, not actually realizing that it was an actual brand!

          Knife on Queen W may not have that exact brand, but they've got a good two dozen Japanese knives that look sharp enough to cut through anything dumb enough not to be able to get the hell out of its way. Give them a call.

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          1. re: biggreenmatt

            +1 on Knife. Also Tosho Knife Arts has some awesome steel.

            1. re: petek

              Thanks Petek. I actually did find JCK by Googling "Hattori". Wasn't sure how reliable JCK is as I knew nothing about them. Might try them if S&S can't help me. I mean they have a lot of other great Japanese knife brands besides Hattori. They do carry Masahiro knives.... Hattori's father's brand if I recall.

              And I didn't know Tosho. Will look them up.

              1. re: BDD888

                JCK is awesome. I've purchased a few things from Koki and never had a problem. Great customer service as well. That being said, I've been on a wait list for a Hattori Chef's knife for 4 years. I don't think he (hattori) is really producing them any more. If you're looking for a Hattori-quality knife, you might look for a Bob Kramer custom - although I prefer the cultural significance of knives produced in Japan (just a personal thing, though).

                Knife Toronto is also great, I did a 2-hour sharpening course with Eugene and could not be happier. He has quite a few knives available as well, and can import knives from JCK for you as well.

            2. re: biggreenmatt

              I was thinking the same thing when I noticed there are "Hattori" kitchen knives. Was thinking of "Hattori Hanzo" from Kill Bill 2. As well as the Japanese HH movies (which I haven't seen) I had also heard about. Maybe the Hattori that makes these kitchen knives is the "real" HH. :)

              1. re: BDD888

                incase u didnt know HH died in 1596 and was not a sword maker but a great warrior and leader of Japan. Kill Bills depiction of him is only fictional and for the movie. Hattori is the last name of the maker of the kitchen blades.

            3. I've also purchased through JapaneseChefsKnife years ago, great experience and would buy again