In 1996 Hattori made a 25th Anniversary limited edition of 50 knives based on the HA-1W blade design. The following is 04/50 .
Hattori makes a limited edition version of one of his models each year either in numbers of 100 or 200. They are serial numbered boxed commemoratives and are picked up by collectors, mostly in Europe.
2015 HT-70 Hidden Tang Model
For 2016 the smaller Model 938 Dagger was chosen.
2017 Year of Knife HA6 1 of 100
I am still seeking photographs of other Knife of the Year models and would be grateful for any contributions in this regard.
Please email Ken at: Kurobune1852(@)gmail.com
Photos courtesy of Heinnie Haynes, UK and Boker, Germany. Special thanks to Lutz Krempf, Germany, Uli Fritsch, Germany.