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Takeshi Saji

Takeshi Saji R-2 Custom Black Damascus Wild Series Bunka 180mm (7 inch, Ironwood Handle) SRD-2BBI

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Master Saji has now been making knives for over 40 years and has become highly experienced in his art.

After testing and evaluating a very reputable Powdered Metallurgy High Speed Tool Steel, called “R-2” (Manufactured by Kobelco), he decided to produce an exciting new range of this traditionally hammer-forged Damascus kitchen knife using this modern ‘super steel’.

A dark R-2 Damascus blade, which features a crisp and vigorous Damascus pattern. This knife fitted with the natural figure and grain of the Ironwood Handle and polished stainless steel bolster and rivets, which match the energetic style of the Damascus blade.

The Bunka is a general-purpose kitchen knife that used to be just as popular as the Santoku, but has become less commonplace in recent years. With its tall blade, the Bunka knife is particularly suitable for cutting vegetables or fruit and the triangular tip area is particularly useful for detailed work and cutting fish or meat. 

Knife Model: Takeshi Saji R-2 Custom Black Damascus Wild Series Bunka

Blade Material: R-2 Nickel Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Ironwood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Bunka 180mm (7")
Cutting Edge Length: 178mm Total Length: 302mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm  Blade Width: 50mm       Handle Length: 115mm
Total Weight: 232g



This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.  

For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems. 

We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.



This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes, and keep it in dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab..
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.
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    יוסי ע.
    Israel Israel
    I recommend this product



    lawrence r.
    United States United States
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    Great knife

    Very happy with the great knife and service

    Carol S.
    United States United States
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    Takeshi Saji Wild Series Bunka

    These knives are exceptional. Preparing meals has never been more enjoyable. Highly recommended! Thank you Koki Iwahara.

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    Marcus L.
    Germany Germany
    I recommend this product

    All-purpose weapon

    Beautiful knife. Sharp all-purpose weapon in the kitchen. The special blade shape slightly better than a Deba or Santoku.

    JapaneseChefsKnife.Com Takeshi Saji R-2 Custom Black Damascus Wild Series Bunka 180mm (7 inch, Ironwood Handle) SRD-2BBI Review
    Wolfram S.
    Austria Austria
    I recommend this product

    All time favorite!

    This knife is just amazing. It is of course a beauty and the Bunka-shape of the blade with the pointed tip for detailed work makes it extremely versatile. For those who are really intending to use this knife regularely I have to mention that it is really heavy but on the other hand extremely well balanced. For me - grown up with german knifes - this is not an item, but it might be for people who are used to work with lightweight knifes. No need to say, the knife was very sharp out of the box. Since this is my first R2 blade I was curious how it would respond to grinding it up to razor sharpness. I can say, this is not an item, at least if using hard stones like shapton as I do. This is going to be one of my all time favorite knifes, for sure!

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