style knives are gaining in popularity really fast around here. The combination of a compact length, tall height, and an aesthetic appeal that simply cannot be denied, results in a very desirable package.
While the reverse tanto tip is the most obvious design element of the blade, it is the performance that really sets this knife apart. The edge profile is very much like a standard gyuto
. A fairly flat profile favors chop and push cutting styles. The difference lies in the taller height, more like a santoku
, which many people prefer to shorter height knives especially when a one-knife-does-it-all approach is favored. Then there is the tip. This great looking design element takes the bunka
to another level. The tip allows for some really intricate detail work as well as the ability to have it ground super thin, for increased cutting performance.
The Yoshimi bunka is a great rendition of this style knife. It is made from SG2 PM steel. The inner core is clad with a soft stainless steel. It is a light and thin knife that performs as well as it looks...and those looks are quite something. The damascus is stunning and matches the lovely rosewood handle to perfection. This is art and science and age old techniques rolled into one beautiful package.
Brand: Yoshimi SG-2
Blacksmith: Yoshimi Kato
Location: Echizen, Japan
Construction: San Mai
Method: Hammer Forged
Core Edge Steel: SG-2 Powdered Stainless Steel
Cladding: Damascus Stainless
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Shot)
Handle: Ebony Octagonal
Ferrule: Pakka Wood
Weight: 4.5 ounces
Blade Length: 165mm
Total Length: 310mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 1.6mm
Blade Height: 46.5mm