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Matsubara White #1 Bunka 170mm
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Matsubara White #1 Bunka 170mm

Item #: MS1-B17W

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The Matsubara White #1 bunka is fashioned from Hitachi White Paper #1 steel, also known as Shirogami 1. The inner core, or hagane, is clad in a soft carbon jigane (outer layer). The outer layer features a rustic and attractive kurouchi finish. Kurouchi is a black carbonized finish put on knives to protect the steel and provide a barrier against corrosion on carbon steel knives. It also adds strength to the inner core. However as this is a carbon blade, care must be taken to clean and dry it after use.

Bunkas, or banno-bunkas, can be viewed as a cross between a gyuto and a nakiri. They are similar in overall dimension to a santoku, but with that distinctive Edo-style sword tip. They are versatile and nimble knives capable of tackling all sorts of cutting, chopping, and slicing jobs around the kitchen. Bunkas feature a flatter profile than many other gyuto blades and are particularly suited to push cutting techniques rather than rocking styles. The attractive and great looking sword tip makes it very useful for small or intricate work like preparing garnishes.

The knife comes with a simple but good looking octagonal rosewood handle and black pakka wood ferrule.

  • Brand: Matsubara
  • Blacksmith: Tanaka-San
  • Region: Nagasaki
  • Construction: San Mai
  • Edge Steel: White #1
  • Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Finish: Hammer Kurouchi
  • Weight: 4.8 oz (136 g)
  • Blade Length: 173 mm
  • Total Length: 320 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.2 mm
  • Blade Height: 50.6 mm
  • HRC: 61
  • Style: Bunka
  • Engraving: Hand Engraved
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal (New since May 2018)
  • Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
  • Please note, Mr. Tanaka puts a notch in the tang and this is done on purpose and is not an installation mistake.



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      An amazing all around bunka, October 25, 2022
    Posted By: Josh Semlak

    I must say for the price of this knife is one of a kind with what is behind the edge of this knife. I will admit to that this knife might be toooooo lazery but with a little sharpening it chipped once and resharpened and hasnít onced chipped again. It is my favorite knife. The finish on the knife is smooth around the edges and has no sharp corners. Great quality for the price of the knife. Great height as well. Probably a higher blade then posted but all in all I love how the core steel is exposed really well and shows off quite beautifully. One of a kind. Enjoying the knife and many years to come!

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