This is the full-size version of Shibata-sanís fun little ko-bunka knife. Banno bunkas are general-purpose knives able to tackle a wide range of common cutting and slicing tasks. Their reverse tanto profile gives the knives a dexterous and delicate tip and a unique and eye-catching aesthetic. In fact, this tip shape is common to all of the Kotetsu knives. The bunka can be used any time a gyuto or santoku might be called for. Since banno bunkas have fairly flat profiles they are most adept at push cutting and chopping rather than rock chopping.
Takayuki Shibata fashions his blades out of R-2 stainless powdered steel. This is a very popular stainless alloy among knife aficionados. The extremely thin blades of knives made of R-2 steel can be sharpened to a narrow degree angle which results in an amazingly fine cutting edge. The R-2 steel is hardened to between 62-63 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale, and this is impressive.
To aid with protection, strength, and food release, the core steel is encased in a softer stainless alloy which receives a rough but attractive hand done finish. Some finely executed hand chiseled kanji further embellish this lovely looking blade. Excellent fit and finish are hallmarks of these knives which extend to the fine custom, octagonal handle.
Weight: 5.3 ounces / 152g
Blade Length: 185 mm
Overall Length: 323 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 1.96 mm
Blade Height: 50.7 mm
Custom, Stabilized Burl Octagonal
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