Sakai Takayuki products can be traced to the origins of sword making in Sakai, Japan, the history of which stretches back nearly 600 years. The current version of the company was established in 1946, and has since become one of the biggest manufacturers of Japanese knives in the world. Their products span the entire gamut of kitchen cutlery. In 1982, Takayuki received the high honor of having their knives designated as Traditional Arts and Crafts.
The smiths at Sakai Takayuki have fashioned this great looking blade from VG-10 stainless steel which has had an outer cladding of a 17-layer damascus stainless alloy applied to either side. Some VG-10 knives are harder to sharpen than many other steels but the smiths at Takayuki have developed a special tempering technique which results in a hardness of 60 HRC while being much easier to sharpen.
Bunkas can be used to replace a short gyuto
, especially when you favor push cutting and chopping techniques. The short length and tall blade combine to create a knife with very broad uses and appeal.
The great looking reverse tanto profile also offers a compelling aesthetic especially when realized in this great looking hammered damascus version. The blade is given center stage with the inclusion of a simple traditional octagonal handle made from maple and red pakka wood. The match is perfect.
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Laser Cut
Cladding: Hammered Damascus Stainless
Edge Steel: VG-10
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Octagonal Maple
Ferrule: Red Pakka Wood
Knife Type: Bunka
Edge Length: 160mm