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 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: 166mm
Total Length: 305mm
Spine Thickness: 2.9mm
Weight: 3.8 oz (108 g)
Handle: Ho Wood Oval
Ferrule: Black Plastic