Bunka style blades have a very unique look to them. Featuring the classic reverse tanto tip and a tall blade height, they have the appearance of an ancient weapon. And in fact they are a great cutting weapon in any kitchen, pro or amateur. The blade style is gaining in popularity in the West, where its shorter length and sharp tip make for a wonderful jack of all trades kitchen utensil. These knives can be used as a substitute for a gyuto or santoku, or even a longer petty. Since banno bunkas have quite flat profiles they are particularly adept at push cutting and chopping rather than rock chopping.
If you have ever wondered if this style of knife is right for you, the Fugen White #1 bunka could be your perfect choice due to its surprisingly low price. But that price does not come at the cost of performance or aesthetics. The core White #1 steel is well liked in knife circles for its resilience and ease of sharpening attributes. The cladding, made from soft iron, is left with its carbon face and rustic look. This kurouchi finish is great at reducing the chances of rust and corrosion. But the blade is still prone to these issues and must be treated accordingly.
Over all this is a bargain of a knife that will find favor with many different types of users. Highly recommended.
Knife Brand: Fugen
Location: Nagasaki Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Soft Iron
Edge Steel: White #1
Edge Grind: Even (See choil shot)
Knife Type: Bunka
Edge Length: 170mm
Total Length: 305mm
Spine Thickness: 3mm
Handle: Ho Wood Oval
Ferrule: Black Plastic
5Fantastic knife!!!, June 22, 2019
Posted By: Iggy
Had been wanting to get a Japanese knife for a while and had way over-thought things. Talked to Mark about a short list of Bunkas that I was considering, and decided to give this one a shot. I was expecting a good quality knife with a simple unfinished handle. The handle is really light, smooth, well fitting, and with a quick rubbing of board wax it's perfect and feels great in hand! The blade, which I had the finish sharpening service done on, has an INCREDIBLE edge on it! The sharpness is outstanding and it cuts even better that I had hoped. I couldn't be happier with this knife!
While this actually one of the least expensive knives I own, I find myself grabbing it more and more. The blade is fantastic and does I wonderful job on the kitchen. I ended up putting a different handle on it, which, in my opinion, greatly improved the feel of the knife as a whole. The profile of the blade allows one to use the knife for many different purposes in the kitchen with ease: this is quickly becoming one of my favorite knives in my collection.
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