This is another fun and functional knife from one of our favorite budget knife makers, Okeya. Together with his son, Okeya-san has begun making kitchen knives out of his small shop that has, until recently, exclusively produced Kogatana style utility knives.
The core steel used in this blade is Ginsan stainless steel, hardened to about 61 HRC. It is clad with a soft steel to both reduce weight and add overall strength to the inner core. The front cladding is given a good looking tsuchime hammered finish. This is a single bevel knife that is only applicable to right-handed users.
The funayuki is a multi-purpose knife that originally found use on fishing boats. Recently the name has been attached to a broader range of blades that share a commonality in a flat profile, short length, and very little belly. They can be either single- or double-beveled.
The shorter length of this example makes it a perfect complement to a longer gyuto or chef’s knife. It is useful in smaller spaces and tighter places. As with all the knives we carry from Okeya, affordability trumps finish, so the handle is a very simple ho wood and plastic construction, while the spine and choil areas are not polished like more expensive blades. For the money, however, this is a good little performer made from a high quality steel with great cutting abilities and fun looks.
Location: Miki Japan
Construction: San Mai
Method: Hammer Forged
Cladding: Tsuchime Finish
Core Edge Steel: Ginsan (G-3) Stainless Steel
Edge Grind: Single Bevel: See Choil Photo
Blade Style: Ko Funayuki
Handle: Ho Wood Oval
Ferrule: Black Plastic
Blade Length: 120mm
Total Length: 245mm
Spine Thickness at heel: 2.75mm
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.