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Kato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mm
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Kato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mm Kato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mmKato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mmKato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mm

Kato VG-10 Suminagashi Oval Bunka 165mm

Item #: KVGO-B165

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(5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews)

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Hiroshi Kato has created this affordable line of kitchen knives out of this well liked steel which he then wraps in finely decorated outer layers of stainless steel. This bunka features a traditional oval wa handle.

Bunkas are general purpose knives tackling a wide range of common kitchen tasks. Their reverse tanto profile gives the knives a dexterous and delicate tip and a unique and eye catching aesthetic. These can be used any time a gyuto or santoku might be called for. Since banno bunkas have fairly flat profiles they are most adept at push cutting and chopping rather than rock chopping.

The Kato VG-10 Damascus wa-bunka is a well-balanced, well made, and extremely fine looking piece of kitchen cutlery. Handmade by a genuine master blacksmith, and all at a truly affordable price. Highly recommended.

  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Blade Length: 167 mm
  • Total Length: 311 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 1.8 mm
  • Blade Height: 46.5mm

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  Beautiful and razor sharp, May 16, 2020
    Posted By: Nick - verified customer

    Great craftsmanship on this knife as all Kato knives. The acid etched finish is spectacular, I hope it lasts after use/washing multiple times. Definitely easy to scratch, so I don't recommend hanging on a metal bar. The knife is laser sharp, and the finish does not create too much drag as I anticipated. Definitely one of my favorites now. The kanji looks different than what's pictured here, it's laser-etched for sure. Looks good on the knife.

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    5  Kato VG10 Suminagashi, February 7, 2020
    Posted By: Alec R - verified customer

    Great knife overall! Very nice, subtle, thin convex grind that is very thin behind the edge. Etched finish is beautiful but does present a little drag at first. With a little time however, it does settle down and get smoother as the blade is used and cleaned. Very thin overall with very little taper as its already thin throughout. Great line knife and very good heat treat. I was pleasantly suprised at the good edge retention and feels great on the stones. Good value for the price!

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    5  Great knife , January 15, 2020
    Posted By: Will - verified customer

    A great knife at a low price. Would 100% recommend this knife to someone on the market for a bunka.

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    5  Lovely; light, thin, sharp & comfy, January 14, 2019
    Posted By: Richard - verified customer

    Itís a dream to use. Out of the box sharpness was very good. Iíve never had a knife that push cuts like this - it makes everything easy.

    It is thin enough to feel some flex occasionally, and there definitely is a bit of blade sticking due to the matte surface of the blade, but neither deter from usability.


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    4  Very pleasant, September 21, 2017
    Posted By: Garret - verified customer

    Having used this knife for a bit now I'm extremely happy with the purchase. This is almost always the one I reach for. The size is the sweet spot. The profile is flat with just a tiny rock towards the tip. Push cuts very well and chops decently too. The handle is fine, but nothing to write home about. It doesn't seem to hold an edge quite as long as some of my other knives but on the plus side it's extremely easy to sharpen with the flat profile. The layered finish is really eye-catching. Well worth the price!

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    5  Great Bunka, May 4, 2017
    Posted By: Kathryn - verified customer

    Great length, weight, and balance. Slices beautifully, pretty to boot. Little bit of 'stickage' when slicing fine stuff like scallions, but nothing major.

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    4  Sturdy saya, May 4, 2017
    Posted By: Kathryn - verified customer

    Well finished, sturdy. Only pet peeve is it was a little loose for my Kato VG-10 165mm bunka. Not by much, though, just a touch. But, still good.

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    5  excellent kife, January 16, 2017
    Posted By: Dieter Schmidl - verified customer

    Thanks to the recommendation of Kit Craft, I have chosen this absolute beauty. Was 8 of 10 sharp out of the box, but was easy to regrind to absolute hairpopping sharpeness. Exactly what I expected from an upper class Japanese knife, but still not can imagine how they produce a hand forged knife for this low price.Thank you, Dieter

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    5  Not a professional chef, January 7, 2017
    Posted By: Matthew M. - verified customer

    I'm not a professional chef but this is a great and beautiful knife. Well balance and feels great in my hand. Perfect for cutting veggies. Glad I bought it.

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    5  fun knife, December 7, 2016
    Posted By: jared - verified customer

    This is a really fun. Needs a little sharpening out the box but takes a great edge. Has great grinds for a thin knife and flies through onions. A great deal

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    5  Very good knife, September 12, 2016
    Posted By: Michal Nesmerak - verified customer

    Nice knife

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    5  Very good knife, September 11, 2016
    Posted By: Michal Nesmerak - verified customer

    Nice knife

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