Posted By: Mike Allen
1 people found this review helpfulThis was my first purchase from CKTG and I'm very happy with it. I had never heard of a Bunka before browsing this site and thought they looked so cool I had to get one. What drew me to the Enjin knife was the fact that it is hand made and it has a very well executed distal taper so that it is thick at the heel, but very thin at the tip. Upon receiving my blade I loved the look. It looks very hand made and rustic, but very well executed and the kurouchi finish is nice and holding up well so far. The SRK8 steel can take a nice edge and is very reactive. The first onion I cut reacted strongly with it and after a month of use the steel is already developing a beautiful purple/blue patina along the cutting edge. The handle of this knife is very nicely finished and the fit up with the blade is snug.
This knife is comfortable in the hand and feels insanely light and nimble. When I bought it i was thinking of it as like a smaller, cooler santoku, but in my mind now it's almost like a veggie specific utility knife. I like it because it is a great compliment to a gyuto or nakiri or could definitely stand on it's own to do pretty much everything if you wanted it to.
When I first got the knife I was convinced the blade was a little twisted, but after sending it back for an inspection and sharpening from Mark all seemed to be well and the knife performs wonderfully after his work on it. Apparently it was my novice eye overcompensating for the visible hammering on the blade. I will certainly get his finish sharpening on future purchases.
Overall I am really happy with this knife. It is a champ for small veg prep and I feel like I'm using a piece of living artwork every time I pick it up. The service that Mark provided to ensure I was happy with my purchase is above and beyond any retailer I have every bought from and he has earned a customer for as long as he's selling knives here.
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