Bunka style knives are regarded as general purpose blades adept at cutting and chopping a myriad of ingredients. Like most, the blade profile of this one is quite flat, which is perfect for push cutting and chopping tasks. The characteristic reverse tanto tip gives the knife an added ability for delicate work and dexterous handling. The blade shape is definitely among the more good-looking out there!
The blacksmith at Yamashin fashions this knife out of a core of Blue Paper #2 high carbon steel. Blue #2 is also known as Aogami 2 and it is similar to its White Paper sibling except for the addition of chromium and tungsten. It has the same amount of carbon as White 2 so it is slightly tougher than the #1 Paper steels. Sharpening is slightly harder than White steel but edge retention is higher. It is also a bit better than White steels as far as corrosion resistance goes.
The inner core is clad in a soft iron that has a kurouchi, or blacksmith, finish. This adds a level of protection to the blade, but it is still a reactive iron and needs care with cleaning and drying between uses. The good looking blade is coupled to a very nice semi-custom sandalwood and dyed pakka wood handle.
Location: Tosa, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Core Edge Steel: Hitachi Blue #2
Cladding: Soft Iron
Grind: Double Bevel (See Choil Shot)
Handle: Red Sandalwood
Ferrule: Colored Pakka Wood
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