Shiba calls this knife a gyuto but it's really a long bunka. He 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 HRC, which is an impressive number!
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.
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.
This fine knife is further enhanced by the addition of a lovely custom octagonal handle.
Weight: 5.1 ounces
Blade Length: 210 mm
Overall Length: 360 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2 mm
Blade Height: 47 mm
Handle: Custom by Isaiah Schroeder
5Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Bunka 170mm Custom, May 28, 2019
Posted By: Adriano Pedr - verified customer
Beautiful custom handle, very pleased with this knife, very sharp out of the box. Blade is very thin and lightweight.
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