Currently, Mr. Masui (74 years old) is producing his knives all by himself. He has had a long knife making career, yet he still has an active spirit of craftsmanship and creativity. He has decided to make knives for rest of the life, utilizing his own original ideas and knowledge of knife making techniques. He is also making a special effort to pay extra attention to each of the manufacturing process and steps.
Each one of Mr Masui’s knives is designed and handcrafted entirely using his own creative mind and spirit. Here is his newest product, which have an interesting cloudy / foggy blade finish that makes them unique and unlike the existing SHIKI knives.
SHIKI R-2 Clad "Kiritsuke/Bunka". When I first inspected the knife, its appearance made me think of dark clouds, or the big clouds of the summer season. We decided to name Mr. Masui’s new knife range “FOGGY” because it really describes the unique, very different appearance of this new collection of knives.
Please note these are Special Limited Edition Knives, so the selection and quantity of knives is unfortunately limited.
Forged blade with R-2 core (HRc. 62) and outer layers of stainless steel.
The hand-contoured handle is made with African Ebonywood and has a durable stainless steel bolster with Tricolor Fiber Spacers. To create a uniform Cloudy / Foggy appearance, Mr. Masui uses a media-blasting process on the bolster and handle.
The overall appearance and style of these new SHIKI knives is very unique and interesting. It is rare for a craftsmen to express their creative spirit with the blade manufacturing and finishing stage, so Mr. Masui’s unique limited edition FOGGY R-2 knives are really refreshing.
he Bunka/Kiritsuke 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: SHIKI “FOGGY Series” R-2 SR2K-2 Kiritsuke/Bunka 200mm
Blade Material: R-2 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: African Ebonywood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Bunka/Kiritsuke 200mm (7.8") |
Cutting edge length: 200mm
Total Length: 325mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 116mm
Total Weight: 190g
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.
My Shiki kiritsuke arrived just in time for Thanksgiving cooking madness. Although I already own several beautiful and useful Japanese knives (a Shiki santoku, and both a gyuto and a petty by Takeshi Saji), the kiritsuke soon asserted itself as my favorite general purpose knife. I found it to be ideal for chopping herbs, dicing onions, apples, and celery. It also handles tough root vegetables exceptionally well. It is a treat for the eyes and a joy in the hand!
Knife is sharp with an excellent finish out of the box. Web site very easy to navigate and first class delivery once ordered.