We are very fond of the bunka shape, finding it to be a very versatile knife for many operations on the cutting board. The combination of the reverse tanto-style tip and short, tall blade lend the knife a very purposeful look and multi-faceted abilities. Bunkas are adept at cutting, slicing, and chopping, while the tip affords them the ability to take on smaller ingredients and get into tight spaces. They are also a great choice for making garnishes and undertaking detail work of all kinds.
Michikuni Tokaji is a young blacksmith working with the Zakuri collective from the Tosa region of Japan. He makes knives for both the Karaku and Zakuri brands. This knife is a perfect example of his great skills. The blade is hammer forged using Aogami Super as the core with a soft iron cladding. AS is one of the most popular high carbon steel alloys among Japanese knife makers. It possesses very high edge retention and will take a fine edge on the stones. While wear resistance is about average, it is quite easy to sharpen.
While the knife is an average length for the style, it is slightly more stout at the spine than other bunka designs. But the lower grind is really well achieved and results in a knife that has a very thin behind-the-edge geometry. This blade will do well with most ingredients and especially harder ones that might cause a thinner knife to wedge. That increased thickness also results in a sturdy and secure feeling knife.
Edge Length: 185mm
Blade Height: 50mm
Spine Thickness: 3.8mm
Weight: 5.1 ounces / 146g
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