The Kamo VG10 Suminagashi Bunka
is a very handsome knife. The blade features a really elegant suminagashi finish that is enhanced by some finely hand-chiseled kanji elements. The unusual hybrid handle is the design element that sets this knife apart from most others. It utilizes a multi-layer laminate of oak to reduce the chances of shrinkage and distortion while remaining comfortable in hand and well balanced overall. It is a light but rigid knife-to-handle interface which is particularly important for a small knife that might be used for in-hand cutting.
The blade is made from a core of VG10 stainless steel which then receives outer layers of a softer stainless steel finished in a wonderful damascus (suminagashi) pattern. VG10 is one of the most popular stainless steels in the world for the manufacturing of kitchen knives, and for good reason. It has very good edge retention and is very wear and corrosion resistant.
The combination of the reverse tanto-style tip and short, tall blade lend the bunka
a very purposeful look. These knives are gaining in popularity recently due to their do-it-all abilities. They are adept at cutting, slicing, and chopping, while the tip affords them the ability to take on smaller ingredients and get into tight spaces.
Weight: 6.1 oz (176 g)
Blade Length: 172 mm
Total Length: 310 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.4 mm
Blade Height: 45.1 mm