Takeshi Saji is now 72 years old and is one of the most experienced and famous forge smiths in Takefu (Now Echizen City), Fukui Prefecture. He is still very active and tirelessly researches new ways to improve his products and create original, attractive knives.
When I first handled this Saji Knife, I was immediately impressed by their overall quality. In particular, I felt the blade finish and sleek handle complimented each other exceptionally well and that this combination had a very natural appearance. I realized that Takeshi Saji’s new Custom knives had become a 'next stage' product and reached a new level of refinement.
The hammer forged R-2 blade (HRc. 62 to 63) is clad with soft stainless steel and features a very natural-looking Tsuchime Hammered texture, which is created with simple round dimples.
The simple cladding contrasts vividly with the R-2 blade core and the wavy lamination line provides a beautiful design accent.
The blade is very thin and finely ground, resulting in excellent cutting performance and blade balance. Shaped by hand to ensure a comfortable, secure grip, the oval handle is made from beautifully figured Quince Burl Wood and has a seamless stainless steel bolster and butt for improved balance and durability (Spacers are Black Fiber & Nickel Silver).
A number of forge smiths produce traditional hammer forged kitchen knives, but very few of them have the skill and precise control that is necessary to produce Western-style custom handle that are sturdy and have good blade balance. Takeshi Saji continues to make practical, fine, custom hand-made Western-style kitchen knives using traditional hammer forging techniques!
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 Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 SNR-6 Bunka 180mm
Blade Material: Hammer Forged R-2 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Quince Burl Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster and Butt
Saya Included: No.
| Bunka 180mm (7")|
Cutting edge length: 180mm
Total Length: 315mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 51mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 217g
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 love this bunka! It has quickly become one of my favorite daily drivers. Amazing laser edge and great fit and finish. I wish the handle was sanded a little more, but it is getting smoother with a little mineral oil and lots of use. Love this knife for the price and function.
The cutting performance is pretty good, though not as good as Sukenari's HAP-40 which has been my favourite steel so far. The burl wood looks gorgeous, my kinda cup of tea, but it could have been treated more - I've coated it with linseed oil 5 times already and it's still totally thirsty. Otherwise the craftsmanship is great, the transitions from the blade to the bolster to the handle are spotless.
My third knife from this top class maker, my first Bunka and a wonderful instrument. Balanced, extremely sharp, so easy to use and a delightful knife in every way. This bunka is starting to take over as my favorite 'go-to' for general purpose kitchen use and the shape of the tip makes fine knife work easy and a pleasure to use.