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Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mm
Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mm Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mmAnryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mmAnryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mm
Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mmAnryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mmAnryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mmAnryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mm

Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka 165mm

Item #: AnryuShiro-Bunka

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After half a century, Anryu san has passed the reins of his business to his trusted protege, Ikeda san. The Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Bunka knife, a testament to their craft, is meticulously forged using Shirogami #2 high carbon steel, enhanced by a multilayered iron cladding. The hardened steel, with a Rockwell hardness of 61-62 HRC, is particularly prized for its exceptional edge longevity and straightforward sharpening. Known as White #2, this steel is highly favored among blade aficionados. The exterior layer, referred to as the jigane, boasts a traditional kurouchi coating, imparting a distinctive rustic aesthetic. This coating gradually transitions into a beautifully layered, or suminagashi, blade road. While this knife is undeniably attractive, it is also reactive, necessitating careful cleaning and thorough drying both during and post-use to maintain its quality.

The bunka is a really versatile blade that is growing in popularity in the West with both professional and home chefs. The short length and tall blade combine to create a knife with very broad uses and appeal. They can be used to replace a short gyuto or santoku, especially when you favor push cutting and chopping techniques. Of course, the great-looking reverse tanto profile also offers a compelling aesthetic especially coupled to the finely crafted rosewood oval handle with black pakka wood ferrule.

  • Workshop: Anryu Hamono
  • Blacksmith: Ikeda San
  • Location: Echizen
  • Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Cladding: Damascus/Kurouchi
  • Edge: Even Grind (See Photo)
  • Handle: Rosewood Oval
  • Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
  • Weight: 4.9 oz (140 g)
  • Edge Length: 174 mm
  • Total Length: 320 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.8 mm
  • Blade Height: 47.6 mm



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      Anryu Kirouchi Damascus Bunka 165 mm
    Posted By: Curtis Combs - verified customer

    Outstanding quality and workmanship. A joy to use. Came sharp out of box. My ninth purchase of a Japanese knife. By far the best so far!

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      Great knife
    Posted By: Seth

    Good weight, super sharp out the box, everything I expected and more.

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