Kohetsu Shinano Blue #2 Bunka 170mm. This line is made using the ever popular Blue #2 steel. This is by far one of the most loved steels in the world of Japanese knives. It is a high carbon steel that is known for its superior edge retention and its ability to take a more acute edge than White steels. The core steel is hardened to 62 HRC. An outer layer of stainless steel is applied san-mai style to protect and strengthen the Blue #2 inner core. It also makes daily maintenance a lot easier. San-mai translates to “three flat things” and it refers to the construction technique used in the manufacture of the blade where two layers of a softer steel are used to encase the central core or “hagane.” The core steel is exposed at the blade edge and also in the spine when viewed from above.
The blades have a great looking matte finish which contrasts beautifully with the hamon-look line, where the hagane is exposed at the edge bevel. It has a symmetrical 50/50 grind which is particularly well executed.
Construction: San Mai
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Knife Type: Bunka
Weight: 5.3 ounces / 150g
Blade Length: 172 mm
Blade Height: 45 mm
Spine Thickness 3mm
Grind: Even 50/50
Handle: Custom Bog Oak Octagonal
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