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Takeda Classic Banno Bunka 170mm
Item #Takeda Classic Bunka 170mm
Regular price:$260.00
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This Takeda Banno Bunka AS measures 160mm or about 7" on the blade. Each one is hand cut and hand hammered so there are small variations between knives. Master Blacksmith Shosui Takeda is a third-generation master blacksmith. Shosui Takeda was born and raised in Niimi, Okayama in Japan. After Shosui graduated from a university and worked in Tokyo, he returned to his hometown, Niimi, to succeed to his father as a blacksmith. Since 1985 he has strived and studied to produce the very best hand-forged blades and tools. These knives use Hitachi Aogami Super Steel and have rosewood octagonal handles. All his knives have 50/50 edges and octagonal handles so they are good for either right handed or left handed users. Spine thickness at the heel is approximately 2.5mm and it weighs about 4.6oz but each one varies a little since they're hand made. Edge length varies too but most of them seem to be around 170mm give or take 10mm. If you're interested in the Walnut saya please use the drop down box next to the order button to choose it. You can view the saya on our saya page.
Average rating is 4.9
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By:  Dennis Pinto
Raleigh,NC
This is the knife that changed my perception of what a good knife really is. Its a funny looking thing compared to western knives but it does everything. I know what your thinking,here we go but it slices as good as a slicer,chops like a Nagari,bones as good as a Honesuki and is as nimble as a petty. I know because I have these other four knives mentioned. As much as I love my Moritaki AS knives,this Takeda is the most beautify and nimble knife I have. I went through 30 pounds of pork and 30 pounds of jowls last weekend making fermented sausages. Even though I was using a NSF plastic cutting board (generally considered hard on knives),this takeda would still slice paper into ribbons. It makes other sharp knives feel well,not sharp. The blade is so unique. It starts tapering about middle of the knife up to the spine,but is still only 2MM think,so very thin. Because of the steel its made of,the knife is also very stiff. I now have over 20 high-end knives (Mac,shunÖ),this Takeda is in a completely different class. It isnít cheap but if your serious about cooking,this knife will put a smile on your face with every use. Oh,the Kouruchi finish looks like it belongs in a museum. Call Mark,he is a pleasure to deal with,is very helpful and isnít a knife snob at all,after purchasing this Takeda Banno Bunka,now Iím a knife snob {GRIN}.
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By:  Dustin
Topeka,KS
This knife is really light,thin,and sharp. It feels just right in my hand. I am able to plow through everything I try to cut with it with ease. If something happened to it,I would have to buy another immediately. I love this knife. Worth every penny.
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By:  John M
Schomberg,Ontario
I bought this for my wife as she prefers smaller/shorter knives.



She uses this knife and that in itself speaks volumes.



I’ve used it but not as much as the Gyuto AS 240 and am just as impressed with it.



Great Knife.
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By:  Gregory
Toronto,Ontario
I was a professional chef for about 10 years,now Iím just a hobby cook at home for myself and friends. Iíve owned and used many knives in my lifetime,and this knife is just an absolute joy to use. I think about it when Iím not at home. I miss it. I buy extra veggies at the store just to chop them up,itís so fun with this knife. It looks bad ass. Take good care of it (store it dry!) and it will bring you a lifetime of happiness. Bought at a wonderful knife boutique. Itís not cheap,but worth every penny!
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By:  Carl
Surrey B.C.
I call her Lindsey Lohan,because she looks used but she is brand new. It cuts like a beast,mows through a garden of veg like it was a jet powered john deer,if you are having an hesitations on this one,dont,just get it!
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By:  teppanchef
california
perfect in any kind of vegie... i set aside my gyuto since i bought this knife... pretty sharp otb and easy to maintain sharpness...
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By:  Mike from CA
San Francisco
Amazing beautiful knife. I have several Japanese knives: Asai,Yoshikane,Zakuri -- and while they are all high quality knives,this Takeda is my favorite. I’d say it is the best of the best. The quality is obvious as you hold it in your hands and use it. It is light,yet very strong and very sharp. I will be buying more Takeda knives,no doubt.
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By:  teo
belvedere,ca
I received my knife in record time and I thank Mark for a swift and efficient service. Shorter in length and depth compared to the takeda gyuto you might expect a difference in feel but I have to say that the bunka is just as fun to use as the takeda gyuto. I am so pleased I got this knife because when I used it,I smiled and said "...oh my God." This has already become my go-to even with a fantastic takeda gyuto 240 sitting in its saya. All I have to say is that this is a fantastic knife worth every penny and again,"a masterpiece of a blade." ...Thin behind the edge with absolutely no wedging issues; ...alas,the joy,the speed and comfort...
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By:  teo
Belvedere,Ca.
I bought this knife about a couple of weeks ago and I love it. It is a knife that is comfortable in multiple grips and so much fun to use. Since I got the knife,it has been my go-to knife even though I have a fantastic Takeda gyuto 240,which I love,sitting in a drawer. The feel of this knife is fantastic with absolutely no wedging issues at all. For example,with carrots,which are one of the toughest veggies to cut,it just glides right through. I would highly recommend this blade to anyone who loves this profile. And finally,I would consider this blade as one of his masterpieces in the same class as his gyutos.
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By:  Jarome
Oklahoma
This is the 2nd knife I’ve purchased from CNTG. Excellent company. Where else will your invoice have a hand written "thank you!" or a $15 refund because the shipping cost was less than anticipated? As to the knife. It’s..ok. I wanted a handmade knife,heard great things about Takeda-San’s work. Was a bit disappointed that this 170mm was shorter than the 165mm Moritaka Nakiri I own. The edge on the Takeda also was just so-so. The fault most likely is mine,as I don’t have the eye to appreciate the handmade qualities. I could have simply chosen the wrong knife,but the Moritaka is still my go to knife. As my knowledge improves,I may purchase another Takeda. For now,I’ll probably sell or trade this one.
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By:  Al
Cincinnati,OH
Excellent craftsmanship. I own several knives from Mark’s great site and this knife’s ootb sharpness is on a totally different plane of existence than anything else,it just goes right into the Boos Block at work. On that note,with the AS steel and all,I don’t quite feel as comfortable doing a whole shift at the restaurant with this as say my carbon Misono (the destroyer of prep). Mainly because if someone used it and it chipped I would freak out. But it is so fun to use and as many have similarly stated,you don’t know a Takeda until you have it. You can have some expectations and possible understandings based on other purchases,but when you get it you realize you weren’t even close. Especially the kurouchi finish. This makes the Tojiro shirogami finish look like black spray paint. My favorite part though is how the makers apply some clear seal on the top of the handle where the knife goes in. I find with heavy use,this area on wa-handles gets dark looking no matter how much you clean,and the treatment on this knife is the extra something special that I wish everyone else did.
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By:  Derek
Philadelphia,PA
Very sharp OOTB. Craftsmanship is second to none- one of the few products of any category that lives up to the hype.



Received on Xmas morning and was blitzing through root vegetables within an hour for the family dinner. The comments about the sealed handle are spot on- the little touches. Finish is even smarter looking in hand. Size is perfect for so many cutting/chopping/slicing targets.



This knife has already spoiled me,may find many other nice pieces of cutlery in my kitchen idle as time wears on. Looking to get a petty from Takeda now.
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By:  Wolfgang Klein
New Orleans,LA
I work at a very high volume restaurant,and I dice over 200 pounds of vegetables a week. This blade helps me do my job cleaner and more efficiently. It’s light,so it’s easier on my wrist too.



In today’s world with GE enhanced super-sized produce,the blade length is occasionally limiting. However,I love this blade so much that when it comes time to purchase another knife,I will strongly consider another Takeda.
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By:  Alan
usa
hey mark!



i never responded to you about the Takeda Bonna Bunko (whatever...) i got from you last summer. Here’s what i think: it’s a great piece of knife-making!!! i love it!! it’s a delight to use,makes repetitive work really fun cuz it’s so amazingly sharp! And it hold its edge tenaciously.



and your service filling my order was just great. Thx.

AND Please thank Takeda-san for me.
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By:  Paul Espinosa
San Francisco,CA
Beautiful work. This design was not my original choice. But the more I read and thought about it the more fascinated I was. Very clever design. It cuts like a dream and is easily maintained. I just wipe it when I’m done,no rust,no big deal. I have a Japanese chef friend who will sharpen it whenever that comes up,until I progress beyond newbie. It is great jack of all trades knife with a style I particularly love.
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By:  JK
Columbia,MO
Incredible knife for veg prep. I work in a professional kitchen,this knife makes every prep task a joy. Maintains an incredible edge and is extremely easy to sharpen. Also great service from CKTG and Mark as always. BUY THIS KNIFE!
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