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: 5.5 ounces
Blade Length: 172 mm
Blade Height: 45 mm
Spine Thickness 3mm
Grind: Even 50/50
Handle: Custom Octagonal
I just feel compelled to tell you that yours is the most ridiculously informative site of this nature I have ever come across.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Very grateful such a dedicated and informative group of people provide excellent steel at competitive prices with superior customer service! A million thank yous!
Great service and quick shipping. Best selection of Japanese knives around. I recommend this site to all of my fellow culinary professionals!
Always the best. Quick shipping, description matches what is delivered and the price, you can't beat them. I always come here to order anything I might need for the kitchen and I am never disappointed.
My go to company for kitchen gear. Awesome selection of knives and tools. Super fast shipping. Never had a problem and questions about all products are answered quickly. Great customer service.