The original allure of the bunka
is attributable to the shape. That reverse tanto tip and short but tall blade give the knife an original yet purposeful look. But once you get past the visual qualities of the blade, it becomes apparent that this is a knife possessing considerable capabilities. The relatively tall blade makes for good hand to board clearance, while the fairly flat profile is perfect for vegetable prep, especially for push cutters. The pointed tanto style tip is great for detail work and getting into tight places.
This is yet another great blade from the forge of one of our favorite knife makers, Yu Kurosaki. Not only does he make blades for renowned brands like Masakage, but his own named brand has flourished into a powerhouse in its own right. This line is his homage to the classic kurouchi finish.
He fashions these blades from one of our favorite steels, Aogami Super
. AS is a fantastic alloy for making many different types of knives and blades. This high carbon alloy has several additional elements, including tungsten, vanadium, chromium, molybdenum, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, and silicon. These additives endow the steel with an ability to take a very acute edge angle and hold that edge better than many other popular carbon steels. It also scores highly in the easy-to-sharpen category. Add to the mix a fine kurouchi finish and you have a knife that looks as good as it performs and is as easy to maintain as any carbon knife out there.
Blade Length: 165mm
Total Length: 310mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.56mm
Blade Height: 46.52mm