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")
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.
Great balance, super nice feel/control in the hand. The blade only required a few strokes on my leather strop to get a really nice cutting edge. Really easy on the hand as you can go thru a lot of prep work without taxing your muscles.
It’s really easy to purchase something in JCK.this knife was send very quickly. Most important thing is the price very fair.
The knife is a practical piece of art. Almost too beautiful to use...but I will! Even more impressive is the level of professionalism, support and responsiveness from this company and Koki Iwahara in particular. Though there was a problem not of his making, he took it on and fixed things immediately. Could not imagine better customer service. Thank you Koki.
Have not used this as much as the santoku so this blade is still as razor sharp as the day we bought it last year. I bought this for my girlfriend to use when we ship out our other knives for sharpening or when she needs my help prepping food. No issues.