The Japanese manufacturer of kitchen accessories brand Hatamoto has been producing products for more than thirty years, which during this time in practice has confirmed the level of quality and professionalism of their execution.
On the territory of the CIS, the Hatamoto brand was previously known for its ceramic knives, which are distinguished by their high manufacturability. Now the brand represents an expanded range of products in Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. You will not see colorful advertising of this brand on TV or in store windows, but if you have used their clothes at least once, you will not forget the Hatamoto name. These are such everyday and necessary kitchen utensils as grindstones, sharpeners with a sharpening angle holder, pocket sharpeners, electric sharpeners, knife stands, cutting boards, musats, tweezers, dishes, steel and ceramic knives. Through the introduction of advanced technologies and innovative production processes, the company sells high-quality products of wide demand at affordable prices, devoting special developments and improvements to each product segment.
There is another extremely useful thing in the Hatamoto catalog — a hatchet for chopping meat and bones. Model Hatamoto HN-HH190 has a precisely calculated chemical composition of practical stainless steel and an ideal weight, an optimized design and several distinctive features in the details.
Tojiro.ru reviewers are always interested in studying the unique products of worthy Japanese manufacturers, telling their compatriots about them, and this time we present the Hatchet, which is necessary in meat gastronomy for regular or permanent cutting of meat carcasses of cattle, pigs, birds. Such a butcher’s ax is also quite appropriate for hunting, where cutting large animals on the spot is required.
There are not so many manufacturers producing a hatchet capable of chopping bones, having a decent look and functional details. This is a specific category between large knives and axes. Even a large chef’s knife cannot cut bones and tendons, since the tip can break off from blows, the edge of the blade is chipped and cracked. The higher the hardness index of the steel of the knife, the more fragile and vulnerable is its blade, so knives with a rating higher than 61 HRc require careful handling in case of temperature changes.
The one-piece blade of the Hatamoto hatchet is made of 420J2 stainless low-carbon steel with good anti-corrosion resistance and high toughness. Hardened to a hardness of 56–57 HRs, the hatchet blade is resilient enough to not chip when working with hard bones, sharpens gently, and has an average cutting ability.
The density of the blade material is well combined with the design of the HN-HH190, whose blade has a nominal thickness of 4 mm, a length of 185 mm, a width of 100 mm. The hatchet turned out to be weighty 0.6 kg, which is just the most suitable for cutting dense fabrics, and, at the same time, not too heavy for numerous accurate and short blows. With such work, the handle of a lighter ax knife must be held stronger, it rubs and tires the hand. And for cooking broths and demiglaces (jelly, jelly), soups on the bones, you need to butcher the hardest bones and joints in large quantities. If large parts of meat carcasses are cut in the home or public kitchen, a special hatchet is simply needed there.
420 stainless steel has excellent sanitary and decorative properties, the surface of the blade of the new HN-HH190 ax shines with a mirror finish and fascinates. At the front, the blade widens with an increased center of gravity at the tip of the cutting edge and a harmonious hole for hanging on a hook. The chopping edge of the ax itself with a wide double-sided symmetrical descent is sharpened to #5000 and is equally suitable for both right and left hands.
The overall length of the ax is 310 mm and the thick handle is more suitable for a strong hand, ready for uncompromising chopping and slashing-cutting blows. Cutting with a Hatamoto ax is unlikely to be done, but with a wide working part you can chop large butts, fillets, hams, meat and bone preparations, kebabs.
It must be admitted that Hatamoto specialists took into account in the design of the HN-HH190 ax all the details that are important from the practical side, and also have a complete harmonious design. The transition from the blade to the handle from below has a rounding, which excludes rubbing of the wrist rest during prolonged work. The upper line of the handle continues along the butt, and expands on the heel for back stop from slipping.
The Hatamoto hatchet handle is massive, made of thick plates, rectangular profile, fastened with screw studs. The overlays are made of stabilized wood of a dark natural shade with light veins, which does not absorb moisture, does not deform, does not fade over time.
With all its advantages, the product with ideal characteristics and attractive design has a moderate budget price tag, and any professional butcher will be pleased to work with such a hatchet!