We recently added this new line of knives to our store and we continue to be impressed by their quality construction and great value. The fit and finish is of a high grade and the grinds are very well executed. They are made from Shirogami 2 high carbon steel which is hammer forged san-mai style with a soft iron cladding. This popular alloy has very good edge holding and very high working hardness. This means that it can be ground to exceptional sharpness, which it retains for a long time. These blades are prone to oxidation, which means care must be taken to keep them clean and dry between uses.
We really like bunka knives and they are gaining in popularity in the west due to their compact dimensions and versatility. They feature a relatively tall blade and a gently curved belly which makes for good hand to board clearance and application in all cutting styles. The pointed tanto style tip is great for detail work and getting into tight places. They are definitely one of the coolest looking knives! This great aesthetic is enhanced with some lovely contrasting finishes on the blade face. A well-made keyaki wood and brown pakka wood handle enhances these good looks.
Blacksmith: Mr. Tani
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: White #2
Cladding: Soft Iron
Finish: Migaki (Means "Polished" in Japanese)
Edge Grind: Even
Blade Length: 172mm
Total Length: 312mm
Spine Thickness: 3mm
Blade Height: 47.5mm
Ferrule: Brown Pakka Wood
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