Kanjo Tsukahara is a small maker in Seki City and he's doing some very nice work. Here is a beautiful example. VG-10, or V-Gold 10, is a modern cocktail of carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, and vanadium. Put together, the relatively small amounts of these metals give VG-10 steel its many important properties, including an ability to hold an edge coupled with great durability. VG-10 is a really popular alloy employed in the making of many top brand Japanese kitchen knives including Shun and Miyabi. It is fully stainless and thus really easy to maintain.
Kanjo-san tempers the steel to a hardness of 60 HRC and then adds a cladding of stainless damascus using a san-mai construction. The lovely damascus pattern is enhanced by etching the blade after it is forged.
The combination of the tanto-style tip and short, tall blade lend the bunka
a very purposeful look. These knives are becoming more popular due to their do-it-all abilities and intriguing looks. They are proficient cutters, slicers, and choppers, while the fine tip allows them to take on smaller ingredients and get into tight spaces.
Location: Seki, Japan
Sharpener: Kanjo Tsukahara
Construction: Laser Cut, San Mai
Cladding: Stainless Damascus
Core Steel: VG10
Handle: Pakka Wood Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka
Weight: 5.4 oz/154g
Blade Length: 183 mm
Overall Length: 333 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.2 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 47.2 mm
Edge Grind: 60/40 asymmetric (ok for left- or right-handed users)