Shigeki Tanaka is a highly regarded blacksmith who took over the fourth generation blacksmith business from his father a few years ago. The shop was originally set up by his great-grandfather, Mr. Gentaro, who began making sickles during the Meiji Period. The practice was continued by his grandfather and father. As sickle demand was slowing down the men started making other items including knives. Following an apprenticeship in Takefu, Shigeki Tanaka joined his familyís business in Miki City in 1999 where he now produces some of the finest knives coming from this famous knife making region.
The compact length, tall height, and reverse tanto-style tip of the bunka make it the perfect knife in many home and professional kitchens. It is fun to use for many styles of cutting and chopping, and the pointed delicate tip makes it great for fine detail work like garnish prep. This knife is tight, fast, and dexterous in use.
Tanaka has made this versatile bunka out of Hitachi Blue #2 high carbon steel. This is one of the most loved steels used in the making of Japanese kitchen knives. The steel is hardened to 60+ HRC and is clad with a softer stainless steel to add strength and give the blade an amount of shock absorption. This cladding is given a lovely nashiji (pear skin) finish.
Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
Location: Miki, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Edge Length: 188mm
Blade Height: 47mm
Spine Thickness: 2.1mm
Weight: 5.8 ounces
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