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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’.
The R-2 Powdered Metallurgy High Speed Tool Steel bade has a unique ‘random Damascus’ pattern, which Master Saji calls “Diamond Damascus”. It is handcrafted using a complex series of forging processes and undergoes a specially formulated acid etching and polishing process. When combined, these techniques produce a unique Damascus blade, which has an uneven surface texture that sparkles beautifully, like a cluster of cut diamonds.
This knife fitted with the natural figure and grain of the Ironwood Handle and polished stainless steel bolster and rivets. The perfectly contoured Desert Ironwood Handle Scales that have a rich warm color and dramatic figuring.
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 Diamond Damascus 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: Desert Ironwood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Bunka 175mm (6.8")|
Cutting edge length: 175mm
Total Length: 300mm
Blade Thickness: 2.8mm
Blade Width: 51mm
Handle Length: 117mm
Total Weight: 243g
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.
I have several of Takeshi’s knives and really love them. This R-2 diamond Damascus is fantastic. I’m a chef and I use his knives every day. Buy one of his blades while you can, you will not regret it! JCK’s people are great - prompt service, good prices and a great selection!